Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ohio State at Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 3 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan State
Time: 9PM ET
Venue: Breslin Center
Records: Ohio State 15-0, 2-0 Big Ten; Michigan State 13-1, 2-0 Big Ten
Ohio State stat leaders: Points – LaQuinton Ross (13.6 ppg); Rebounds – Amir Williams (6.5 rpg); Assists – Aaron Craft (4.9 apg); Steals – Craft (2.5 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Garry Harris (18.2 ppg); Rebounds – Branden Dawson (9.0 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (4.6 apg); Steals – Harris (1.6 spg).
Current Streaks: Ohio State W15, Michigan State W6
Point Spread: Michigan State -5.5
Prediction: This should be a heck of a basketball game. Ohio State brings in a strong defense that hasn’t allowed 70 points in a game this season. Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott are very tough defenders that could pose problems for MSU’s guards. The question is whether or not the Buckeyes can win the battle in the paint. Amir Williams has some size and can block shots, but is averaging just 6.5 rebounds per game. Ohio State must have a strong defensive showing to win, while MSU can win ugly or win in a shootout. With this game being at home, I think the Spartans find enough fire power to pull out the victory thanks to their variety of offensive options. Michigan State 71, Ohio State 64

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