Michigan State Has Ohio State's Number This Year

Mark Lathrop

Sunday, January 15, 2017 5:06 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 5:06 PM UTC

Nice winning Saturday on totals, and now I've found a game on the Sunday card that begs to be wagered on. Let's break down this Big Ten clash between Ohio State and Michigan State.

2015-16 NCAAB Record: 18-12-2, +4.80 Units 

There are teams that seem to have another team’s number from time to time, and that is certainly the case with the Michigan State Spartans over the Ohio State Buckeyes over the last few years in college basketball. The Spartans are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings against the Buckeyes, and 10-3 ATS in the last thirteen. Regardless of these trends, the Buckeyes have been placed as 2-point home favorites against the Spartans. The O/U total has initially been listed at 136.5 at BookMaker

Michigan State is coming off of an impressive win against 24th ranked Minnesota, storming out to a 39-17 lead at halftime that they never relinquished. Freshman 6’ 7” swingman, Miles Bridges, was the star for the Spartans and put up 16 points and 8 rebounds. The effort increased his 14.5 points per game average on the year. Bridges missed over a month and most of December, but has come back strong in January to lead the Spartans in scoring.

Bridges was covered in his absence by 6’ 8” freshman forward, Nick Ward, who is averaging 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. But Ward is also the enforcer on the inside, racking up 16 blocks in the last 5 games. Because of the injury to Bridges, the Spartans now have eleven players that have averaged ten minutes or more of playing time per game. This Michigan State team is young, but deep.

Ohio State has fallen off of a cliff since conference play began, falling to 0-4 after getting hammered by Wisconsin 89-66 on Thursday night. Unlike Michigan State, the Buckeyes don’t run a deep rotation, with 4 players that average more than 30 points per game. They are led by and undersized forward in Jae’Sean Tate, who at 6’ 4” is one of the smallest listed forwards in the Big 10. Tate averages 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on the year. Luckily for Ohio State, they have senior 7’ 0” center, Trevor Thompson as an inside presence. Thompson only averages 21.8 minutes per game but averages just below a double-double on the stat sheet.

Michigan State comes into this game 8-2 ATS in their last ten, while the Buckeyes are 4-6 and 5-10 ATS on the year. These teams met 3 times last year and in none of them did the Spartans fail to win by double-digits. Now, none of the freshman Spartans on this team were a part of those games, but all indications are that those freshmen are up to the task here. Take the Spartans to continue the Buckeyes conference woes at +2 at 5Dimes as one of your Sunday college basketball picks.

Free NCAA Basketball: Michigan St. +2Best Lines Offered: at 5Dimes

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