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Michigan State vs Ohio State Pick & Preview: Sunday, February 12th Betting Odds
Spartans vs Buckeyes Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Michigan State Spartans at Ohio State Buckeyes
- Where: Columbus at Value City Arena
- Date: Sunday, February 12th
- Betting Odds: Michigan State +3, MST +130 | OHIOST -159 O/U 137.5
The Michigan State Spartans head into today’s game in what will be their 25th game of the season, posting a record of 15-9. So far, the Spartans have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 3-6. For the season, Michigan State has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 2-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Spartans being +3 point underdogs.
Michigan State’s leading scorer this season is Tyson Walker, who is averaging 13.92 points per contest. So far, Walker has accounted for 20.43% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.5 rebounds per game and 2.62 assists. Joey Hauser is the second leading scorer for the Spartans, averaging 13.33 points per game. Between him and Hauser, they are accounting for 40.0% of the team’s scoring.
Michigan State comes into their matchup vs Ohio State looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 168th in college basketball at 72.1 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 37.8%. So far, 33.37% of the Spartans’ shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 66.4 possessions per game.
Ohio State will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Michigan State in order to snap their current 5 game losing streak. Currently, the Buckeyes have been the home team 14 times, sitting with a record of 9-5. The Buckeyes’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Ohio State has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 10-5.
Ohio State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brice Sensabaugh who is averaging 16.71 points per game for the Buckeyes. Sensabaugh is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buckeyes’ offensive game plan is the play of Justice Sueing who has hit 45.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.71 points per game.
On offense, Ohio State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 643rd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Buckeyes’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.8 points per game. So far, 39.7% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.3%.
Free Spread Prediction: Michigan State Spartans +3
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Ohio State Buckeyes are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -3. However, we anticipate Michigan State putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Buckeyes as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Spartans to cover.