Buckeyes vs. Spartans Prediction
The 16th-ranked Michigan State Spartans have a shot at earning a share of the Big Ten Conference regular season title this afternoon as they host the Ohio State Buckeyes. Is OSU going to play spoiler as the road underdogs?
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Breslin Center at 4:30PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Spartans are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 140 points. As of Sunday morning, 64 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Ohio State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Buckeyes rally past Illini
Ohio State earned a 71-63 home victory Thursday night over Illinois to improve to 21-9 overall and 11-8 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes outscored the Fighting Illini 41-26 in the second half after trailing by seven at the break. Kaleb Wesson paced OSU with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting including 2-of-4 from 3-point distance plus 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He also accounted for five rebounds and two steals. E.J. Liddell tallied 17 points, 11 boards and two assists off the bench. C.J. Walker added 15 points, six caroms, five assists and two steals as a reserve.
Spartans mount major comeback
Michigan State rallied from 15 down at halftime Tuesday night for a 79-71 win at Penn State. The Spartans trailed 46-31 at the break before outscoring the Nittany Lions 48-25 in the second half. Xavier Tillman Sr. led MSU with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting plus 3-of-4 at the charity stripe. He also racked up 15 rebounds and two blocked shots. Rocket Watts accumulated 18 points and four boards. Cassius Winston notched 14 points and seven assists. Aaron Henry added 12 points, eight caroms and three dimes.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. Ohio State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 Sunday games.
The Spartans are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
Both teams have been on a nice run with four wins in a row, but in my view the Buckeyes have been the more steady team. Michigan State required a big comeback at Penn State and has had plenty of games this season where it has not seemed quite right. The Spartans seem to be on the right track now, but against a very confident Buckeyes squad this spread is a little too wide for me to stomach. Go with an Ohio State squad looking to quite the home crowd.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES +7