Michigan St. Spartans vs. Ohio St. Buckeyes

The Ohio St Buckeyes are 13-point favorites over the Michigan St. Spartans in Big 10 action this evening.  The over/under total for the game is 137. Ohio State is coming off its one and only defeat of the season, a 71-67 loss at Wisconsin. Coasting along with a 15-point lead early in the second half, the Buckeyes fell out of their game while the Badgers started to rain threes to climb back in the contest. Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor led all scorers with 27 points, hitting five of his eight from beyond the arc.  William Buford paced OSU with 21 points while freshman Jared Sullinger added 19 to go with 12 boards, his 12th double-double this season and third straight.

After that defeat, the Ohio St. Buckeyes are now 24-1 on the season and 11-11 against the spread.  The er has won in six of the last nine games the Buckeyes have played.  Michigan St. is 14-10 on the year and only 7-16 verses the spread.  The Spartans are a full five games behind the Buckeyes in the Big 10. Michigan St. had the weekend off after winning and covering this past Thursday at home in a 75-57 triumph versus Penn State.  Kalin Lucas’ game-high 24 led the way for the Spartans while Draymond Green contributed 15 points and 14 boards, his eighth double-double this campaign.

The Buckeyes won the only get-together between the two schools last season, topping the Spartans on the road in East Lansing as five-point underdogs, 74-67.  Bosth teams are 2-2 in their last four games against each other straight up and against the spread.  I believe that Michigan St. will cover the spread tonight against the Buckeyes but not win.  A desperate Tom Izzo coached team is very dangerous.  Also, the 13-point line in favor of the Buckeys shows a lack of respect for the Spartans.  I feel very confident in my pick of the Spartans as they will need a late season winning streak in order for them to be playing when March Madness comes around.


Michigan St. Spartans +13 Ohio St. Buckeyes

February 15, 2011 by : Posted in College Basketball, March Madness, Sportsbook No Comments

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