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Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/7/14

Ohio State Buckeyes (15-0) at Michigan State Spartans (13-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Breslin Center)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes face off in a monster size college basketball game in the Big Ten.

The Michigan State Spartans are 13-1 so far this season and are ranked fifth in the country. MSU is 6-1 at home this season and they are 1-1 against teams ranked in the top 25. Adreian Payne is averaging 16.1 points and 7.9 rebounds to lead the Spartans. Keith Appling is averaging 15.6 points, Garry Harris averaging 18.2 points and Branden Dawson is averaging 11.2 points and 8.9 rebounds. Michigan State is averaging 82.6 points and they are shooting 48.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.5 points and their opponents are shooting 37.7 percent from the floor. Michigan State pounded Indiana by 17 in their last outing.

Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/7/14

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The Ohio State Buckeyes are 15-0 on the season and ranked number three in the AP poll. OSU has gone 12-0 at home this season and this is their first game against a team ranked on the top 25. LaQuinton Ross is averaging 13.6 points and 6.0 rebounds to lead the Buckeyes. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is averaging 12.7 points, Amir Williams is averaging 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds, and Aaron Craft is averaging 9.3 points. And Aaron Craft is averaging 9.3 points. Ohio State is averaging 75.7 points and they are shooting 47.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 54.9 points and their opponents are shooting 36.9 percent. OSU is coming off of a 31-point win over Nebraska.

Michigan State is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games, 4-1-1 against the spread in their last five home games, and 5-0 against the spread following a win. Ohio State is 7-0 against the spread against the Big Ten, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 9-4 against the spread following a game that the covered the point spread. The underdog is 6-2-1 against the spread in the last nine meetings of these two.

This one looks like it is gong to be a dog fight and I like Michigan State to win the game but Ohio State to cover the spread. 

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Ohio State Buckeyes +5.5

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