Ohio State vs. Michigan State - 3/13/15 Big Ten Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State at Ohio State Buckeyes (22-9)
College Basketball: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8:55 pm (United Center)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans play Friday in the Big Ten quarterfinal.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. On the season, OSU is averaging 76 points on 48.9 percent shooting and is allowing 61.6 points on 40.1 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19.2 points and 5.2 assists while Sam Thompson is averaging 10.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Marc Loving is grabbing 3.8 rebounds and Jae'Sean Tate is shooting 59.8 percent from deep. The Ohio State Buckeyes have four players averaging at least 8.9 points, and they’re shooting 67.3 percent from the line and 37.6 percent from deep. Defensively, OSU is allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in eight of its last 10 games.
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The Michigan State Spartans look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. On the season, MSU is averaging 72.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 62.9 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Travis Trice is averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 assists while Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. Branden Dawson is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is shooting 45.4 percent. The Michigan State Spartans have four players averaging at least nine points, and they’re shooting 62.7 percent from the line and 39 percent from deep. Defensively, MSU is allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or more points in four of its last six games.
The Buckeyes are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Friday games. The Spartans are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The underdog is 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
Michigan State is the deeper and more experienced team. Give me the Spartans in an outright victory, as I'm confident they get the win here.