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Big Ten Bet: OSU vs MSU

Michigan State faces a huge Big Ten opponent in a huge game as a huge underdog when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday in college basketball betting action.

The Spartans opened as 8.5-point road underdogs but they are 7-1 ATS in their past 8 games against the Buckeyes.
They will need a big game from senior forward Draymond Green, the Spartans leading scorer and rebounder.

View Michigan State vs Ohio State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Buckeyes were listed as 9-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark such as Bovada, but the betting action was coming in on the Spartans (70% in the Odds Shark consensus earlier Saturday).

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Buckeyes and the No. 1-ranked Spartans, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 87-81 result in favor of the Buckeyes.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ohio State's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 76.9 PPG, against a Spartans defense that ranks No. 18 at 59 PPG. The Buckeyes field goal percentage has averaged 49.1% so far, more than the Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.5% per game.

Defensively, Michigan State features the nation's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.9 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 40 nationally in scoring at home.

Michigan State was a 77-57 winner in their most recent outing at home against Penn State. They covered the 14.5-point spread as favorites. Michigan State cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Penn State out of the gym and running up a 77-57 score at Breslin Center.

Ohio State was an 87-84 winner in their most recent outing at home against Purdue. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as favorites. Ohio State got 29 points from William Buford en route to an 87-84 victory over Purdue on Tuesday at Value City Arena.

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Wisconsin are 6-4
After playing Penn State are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Minnesota are 9-1
After playing Purdue are 8-2
After a win are 8-2


A few Spartans at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Michigan State is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State's last 6 games when playing Michigan State
Ohio State is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Michigan State

Next up:
Michigan State home to Wisconsin, Thursday, February 16
Ohio State at Minnesota, Tuesday, February 14