Saturday, February 23, 2013

Michigan State at Ohio State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 4 Michigan State at No. 18 Ohio State
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: Value City Arena
Records: Michigan State 22-5, 11-3 Big Ten; Ohio State 19-7, 9-5
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Keith Appling (13.8 ppg); Rebounds – Adreian Payne (7.0 rpg); Assists – Appling (3.9 apg); Steals – Branden Dawson (1.7 spg).
Ohio State stat leaders: Points – Deshaun Thomas (20.1 ppg); Rebounds – Thomas (6.0 rpg); Assists – Aaron Craft (4.3 apg); Steals – Craft (2.0 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan State L1, Ohio State W1
Point Spread: Ohio State -3.5
Prediction: Ohio State may be favored, but I see the Spartans winning this one. Ohio State is too reliant on Deshaun Thomas offensively and I think Michigan State will do a good job of really making him work for points. The Spartans have the mental toughness to win on the road and I think they will respond well following the loss to Indiana on Tuesday. Keith Appling will be looking to have a strong game following his letdown against the Hoosiers, and he will help lead MSU to a big road victory against the Buckeyes. Michigan State 64, Ohio State 58

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