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Ohio State vs. Michigan State – 3/5/16 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

No. 2 Michigan State looks to close the regular season on a six-game win streak when it plays host to Ohio State today at Noon ET on ESPN.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan State is the clear favorite today, as the Spartans are getting odds of -14.5 points against Ohio State. The over/under total for the game has been set at 139 points.

Michigan State is 25-5 on the season, 12-5 in the Big Ten, 13-2 at home and 20-9 against the spread. Ohio State is 19-11 overall, 11-6 in the Big Ten, 4-5 on the road and 16-12-1 against the spread. MSU has won three straight against Ohio State and covered the spread in the last four meetings, including an 81-62 win at Ohio State on Feb. 23.

Who does the public like in this game?

Ohio State has played well despite some injury issues, winning five of its last six games. However, the lone loss was by 19 at home to the Spartans, who are even hotter than the Buckeyes. Michigan State has covered the spread in 10 straight games and is at home, where it has been very strong. Despite Denzel Valentine being a candidate for Player of the Year, the team has been hot as of late thanks to Bryn Forbes, who has shot 50 percent or better from 3-point land in four straight games. He made 11 earlier this week at Rutgers and had 7 at Ohio State a few weeks back. Look for his hot shooting to continue in his final home game with MSU.

SATURDAY’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL PICK: MICHIGAN STATE -14.5

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