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Ohio State vs. Michigan State - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Value City Arena.

The Michigan State Spartans look for another win to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 87.1 points on 50.7 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Cassius Winston is averaging 17.1 points and 7.8 assists while Nick Ward is averaging 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Joshua Langford is the third double-digit scorer and Xavier Tillman is dishing two assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan State Spartans are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won two of their last three road games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 78 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 61.9 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Kaleb Wesson is averaging 16.5 points and 6.8 rebounds while C.J. Jackson is averaging 13.6 points and 3.8 assists. Keyshawn Woods is grabbing 3.2 rebounds and Luther Muhammad is dishing 2.2 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won four straight home games.

The Spartans are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Buckeyes are 9-20 ATS in their last 29 Saturday games. The Spartans are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1-1 in Buckeyes last 6 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Spartans last 8 overall.

The Michigan State Spartans have been the better team this season, but the Ohio State Buckeyes have been a nightmare at home where they're outscoring teams by 18.7 points and are one of the top defensive clubs in the country. Home court matters in this rivalry, as the home team has also won nine of the last 10 meetings between Michigan State and Ohio State. The kids should be back in school and provide a nasty home court edge. I'll take the free bucket in a game the Buckeyes can win outright based on the history.

Pick:
Ohio State Buckeyes +1.5

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