Michigan State vs. Ohio State - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (19-6) at Michigan State Spartans (16-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday at the Breslin Center.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look for another big win after winning five of their last six games. On the season, OSU is averaging 78.9 points on 50.2 percent shooting and is allowing 61.2 points on 38.7 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19.4 points and 5.5 assists while Marc Loving is averaging 11.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Sam Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Jae'Sean Tate is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes have five players averaging at least 7.5 points, and they’re shooting 68.3 percent from the line and 38.7 percent from deep. Defensively, OSU is allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in four straight games.
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The Michigan State Spartans have won four of their last six games and look for their first ranked win. On the season, MSU is averaging 72.5 points on 47 percent shooting and is allowing 61.4 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.4 points and 6.1 rebounds while Travis Trice is averaging 13.5 points and 5.4 assists. Branden Dawson is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is shooting 48.1 percent from the field. The Michigan State Spartans have five players averaging at least 7.3 points, and they’re shooting 62.3 percent from the line and 39.8 percent from deep. Defensively, MSU is allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four straight games.
The Buckeyes are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spartans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Buckeyes are 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Michigan State and 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
With the low chalk, not sure how you don't take Michigan State. The Spartans are a physical team that should give Ohio State problems on the offensive end. Also, I like MSU and the home court advantage in this big game, so laying the free bucket is no big deal.