Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ohio State at Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 11 Ohio State and No. 18 Michigan State
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Breslin Center
Records: Ohio State 13-3, 3-1 Big Ten; Michigan State 15-3, 4-1
Ohio State stat leaders: Points – Deshaun Thomas (20.3 ppg); Rebounds – Thomas (6.6 rpg); Assists – Aaron Craft (4.6 apg); Steals – Shannon Scott (2.0 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Keith Appling (13.7 ppg); Rebounds – Adreian Payne (7.2 rpg); Assists – Appling (4.5 apg); Steals – Branden Dawson (1.8 spg).
Current Streaks: Ohio State W2; Michigan State W4
Point Spread: Michigan State -2
Prediction: Ohio State can be a good team, but the Buckeyes haven’t been that strong on the road. They seem too reliant on Deshaun Thomas and don’t have the same balance that Michigan State has. With this game being at home, I see the Spartans getting the victory. They should be able to game plan around Thomas and force someone else on Ohio State to beat them, which won’t happen. MSU will continue to spread the wealth on offense and pick up a nice win at home. Michigan State 65, Ohio State 60

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