Friday, March 15, 2013
Michigan State vs. Ohio State prediction for Saturday
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: United Center
Records: Michigan State 25-7, 13-5 Big Ten; Ohio State 24-7, 13-5
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Keith Appling (13.5 ppg); Rebounds – Adreian Payne (7.5 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (3.7 apg); Steals – Branden Dawson (1.6 spg).
Ohio State stat leaders: Points – DeShaun Thomas (19.75 ppg); Rebounds – Thomas (6.1 rpg); Assists – Aaron Craft (4.5 apg); Steals – Craft (2.0 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan State W3, Ohio State W6
Point Spread: even
Prediction: On paper, this is a heck of a ball game. It may end up being one on the court as well, but I think Michigan State is going to be much more fatigued than Ohio State coming into this game. The Spartans had a dog fight with Iowa. It was a physical game for the Spartans that really pushed them for the full 40 minutes. Ohio State had a much easier time with Nebraska, and was able to cruise home to a win. I think that plays a big role in this game. Ohio State is going to make Michigan State work from the opening tip, and I think that will lead to some serious fatigue in the second half. MSU is capable of winning this game, but I think Ohio State will be fresher and has been playing some very good basketball as of late. Ohio State 67, Michigan State 58