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Ohio State vs Michigan State 3/3/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Michigan State Spartans (19-10) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (18-9)
March 3, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -6 / Michigan State Spartans +6; Over/Under: 143.5
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The Michigan State Spartans will travel to Value City Arena to take on the 23rd ranked Ohio State Buckeyes this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Michigan State Spartans dropped to 19-10 on the season after being defeated by the Michigan Wolverines, 87-70, this past Tuesday. Michigan State had no answers on the defensive end for the Michigan offense and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 44-28 margin. Michigan State shot 45.8% from the field & 31.3% from beyond the arc while allowing Michigan to shoot 58.2% from the field & 58.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Spartans was Gabe Brown who had 12 points, 3 rebounds, & 3 assists.

On the season, Michigan State is averaging 72.1 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Michigan State has been led by Gabe Brown (11.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 apg), Malik Hall (9.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 apg), Max Christie (9.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 apg), & Tyson Walker (8.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensviely, Michigan State is allowing their opponents to average 67.9 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -2.7.

The 23rd ranked Ohio State Buckeyes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 18-9 on the season after being defeated by the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 78-70, this past Tuesday. Ohio State struggled on the offensive end against Nebraska and could not fight back after the Huskers took a 71-62 lead with 4:09 left in regulation. Ohio State shot 38.6% from the field & 29.2% from beyond the arc while allowing Nebraska to shoot 49.1% from the field & 39.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Buckeyes was E.J. Liddell who had a double-double with 27 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, & 6 blocks.

On the season, Ohio State is averaging 74.0 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Buckeyes are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ohio State has been led by E.J. Liddell (19.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.6 bpg), Malaki Branham (12.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), Zed Key (8.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Kyle Young (8.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), & Jamari Wheeler (7.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Ohio State is allowing their opponents to average 68.1 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Buckeyes have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -0.8.

The Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games, however, are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games vs. Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games, however, are just 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.

Ohio State is coming off two bad losses to Maryland & Nebraska, however, this is still a talented team that is solid on both ends of the court and recently picked up an impressive road win at Illinois. Michigan State has lost their last 4 road games by an average of 17 ppg and between the fact that the Buckeyes are 12-2 at home and that I expect their offense, which ranks 38th in FG% & 43rd in 3P-FG%, will find success against the Spartans, I think Ohio State bounces back in this one and covers this mid-range spread. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick:
Ohio State Buckeyes -6

Brett Nault

Brett has been involved with sports his entire life, whether playing them or betting on them, and loves using his education in data analytics to break down all matchups to get you a competitive edge. Follow Brett Nault on Twitter @BrettCU05
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