Sunday, March 9, 2014

Michigan State at Ohio State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 22 Michigan State at Ohio State
Time: 4:30PM ET
Venue: Value City Arena
Records: Michigan State 23-7, 12-5 Big Ten; Ohio State 22-8, 9-8
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Garry Harris (17.7 ppg); Rebounds – Branden Dawson (8.6 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (4.7 apg); Steals – Harris (2.0 spg).
Ohio State stat leaders: Points – LaQuinton Ross (14.6 ppg); Rebounds – Amir Williams (5.8 rpg); Assists – Aaron Craft (4.5 apg); Steals – Craft (2.5 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan State W1, Ohio State L2
Point Spread: Ohio State -2.5
Prediction: I am very surprised to see Ohio State as a 2.5-point favorite here. I know Michigan State hasn’t been exactly rolling, but neither has Ohio State. The Buckeyes have two straight losses to Indiana and Penn State and their issues from earlier in the season are still big problems right now. The Buckeyes lack scorers, and that is a big problem against a team like Michigan State. Ohio State defended MSU well in the Breslin, but Gary Harris played very timid. I don’t think that will be the case today. Ohio State will be in the game and keep it close because of their defense, but ultimately the talent will win out, and Michigan State has a lot more of that. Michigan State 70, Ohio State 63

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