Michigan St. Spartans vs. Ohio St. Buckeyes
The Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes battle it out on Sunday for the Big Ten Conference Tournament Championship in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes are -2 point favorites over the Spartans with an over/under point total set at 128.5.
The Michigan State Spartans had two chances to wrap up the regular season Big Ten title and Tom Izzo’s team was unable to take advantage of any of them and finished in a three way tie for first but they are looking to make amends for that now. Michigan State fell behind early to Wisconsin but ended the first half with a 25-6 run and then battered the Badgers in the second half to earn their spot in this game. Draymond Green had 14 points and 16 rebounds, Keith Appling had 13 points and five assists, and Austin Thornton had 12 points. The Spartans shot 50 percent from the floor and hit 66.7 percent of their shots from behind the three point arc while converting on 73.9 percent of their free throws. Michigan State split the season series with Ohio State winning by 10 in Columbus and then blowing a lead and losing by 10 in East Lansing.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are playing their best basketball since early in the year and Thad Matta’s team has destroyed their first two opponents in the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State blew out Purdue and then followed it up by stomping Michigan on Saturday. Jared Sullinger had 24 points and six rebounds, Deshaun Thomas had 22 points and six rebounds, and William Buford had 10 points. The Buckeyes shot 49.2 percent and 35.7 percent from beyond the three point arc while converting on 71.4 percent of their free throws. Ohio State has fallen short of expectations in recent years and they have the talent to get it done this year of they aren’t hampered by their lack of depth.
Michigan State is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games overall, 6-2 against the spread following a win, and 18-8 against the spread against a team with winning record, 6-2 against the spread following a win. Ohio State is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight Sunday games and 5-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games. The underdog has covered five in a row in this series.
The total is set at 128.5 and this one should be hard fought but it should also be going over.