Ohio State vs. Michigan State - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (15-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (12-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 4:30 pm (Value City Arena)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Over at Value City Arena on Sunday, the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes will be matching up on the college basketball court.
Michigan State rolls into this one at 15-1 on the year. The Spartans have won every game since falling to Duke on November 14, most recently taking out Maryland on Thursday. In that game, Michigan State’s Nick Ward posted 16 points.
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Miles Bridges is the top Spartans scorer this year with 16.9 PPG and 7.7 RPG, while Ward has 15.4 PPG and 7.4 RPG. Also in double-digits for the Spartans are Joshua Langford (13.7 PPG), Cassius Winston (12.9 PPG) and Jaren Jackson (10.8 PPG; 6.8 RPG).
Over on the Ohio State side, they’re sitting at 12-4 on the season. The Buckeyes have won their last two games, taking out Miami (OH) and Iowa. In that Hawkeyes game, Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop logged 27 points.
Bates-Bates-Diop leads the way on the year for the Buckeyes with 19.3 PPG and 8.9 RPG. Also in the double-figures club for the Buckeyes are CJ Jackson (13.5 PPG), Jae’Sean Tate (12.9 PPG) and Kaleb Wesson (11.7 PPG).
The Spartans are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. Michigan State is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven Sunday games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus the Big 10 and 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games. Ohio State is also 1-4 ATS in their last five overall and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight-up win.
Michigan State is cruising along right now and seems unstoppable, even though they haven’t really played anyone of consequence since late November. That small drawback aside, the Spartans are steamrolling the competition and don’t have too many weaknesses. That said, Ohio State is no slouch, and I think they’ve got enough scoring to keep pace here and cover. I’ll take the Buckeyes.