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Spartans Look for 3rd Big Win Vs. Buckeyes

Denzel Valentine Michigan State Spartans NCAA

The Michigan State Spartans throw their hat into the ring of the Big Ten tournament and begin with a quarterfinal contest versus the Ohio State Buckeyes Friday night.

Shark Bites
  • Ohio State was just 2-6 SU versus ranked opponents this season.
  • The Spartans are 5-0 ATS in the previous five meetings with Ohio State.
  • Michigan State has covered the spread in 11-straight games.

Michigan State has not played a game in six days, but that was a 91-76 thumping of these same Buckeyes back on March 5. That was the second huge win the Spartans posted against Ohio State this season, after they crushed the Buckeyes by a score of 81-62 on February 23 in Columbus.

The Spartans head into the Big Ten tournament with a six-game winning streak and have won 11 of their last 12 games overall.

The Buckeyes began their quest in the conference tournament with a 79-75 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions. That was just their second win in the previous four games overall as the losses to the Spartans bookended a big win over Iowa to conclude the regular season.

The Spartans have dominated recent head-to-head meetings with the Buckeyes and will look to post their fifth-straight win against the Buckeyes.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Ohio State Buckeyes were listed as 11-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan State Spartans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Michigan State Spartans sport a record of 26-5 and 21-9 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Ohio State Buckeyes have 20-12 and 16-16 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 16-14 for the Michigan State Spartans and 16-16 for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

This game puts the Michigan State Spartans, most recently No. 1 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Ohio State Buckeyes, who rate No. 202 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Michigan State's No. 5-rated squad against Ohio State's No. 72-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Michigan State rates No. 22 in the country with 9.23 per game, while their foes tonight, the Ohio State Buckeyes rank No. 175 nationally with 6.47 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

JaQuan Lyle scored 22 points and added 22 rebounds for a double-double, leading Ohio State over Penn State, 79-75, on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.