Free CBB Pick: Spartans vs Buckeyes NCAAB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(8-5) Michigan State Spartans vs. #13 Ohio State Buckeyes (13-4)
Date: Sunday January 31, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio
Moneyline Odds: N/A
Betting Odds: Michigan State +7.5
Betting Total: O/U 143.5
Michigan State and Ohio State will square off Sunday afternoon in a Big Ten battle from Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State enters this contest 7-4 in conference play and riding and has won five of its last six games. The Buckeyes took down Penn State in a close battle 83-79 Wednesday.
For Michigan State, the Spartans need every win they can get to boost their NCAA tournament resume. The Spartans are 2-5 in conference and got blown out in their last matchup against Rutgers.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State is a team trending in the right direction. The Buckeyes have defeated Rutgers, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin recently and have looked dangerous offensively.
The Buckeyes own the fourth most efficient offense in the country. The 13th ranked Buckeyes shoot 76 percent from the line, take good care of the basketball, and shoot 34.4 percent from deep.
Ohio State averages 76.9 PPG and allows 68 PPG. Ohio State allows opponents to shoot 30.9 percent from the 3-point line, which is the best mark in the Big Ten.
E.J. Liddell has been the Buckeyes best player this season. The sophomore averages 15 PPG and leads the team with just under seven rebounds a night.
The Buckeyes have been getting good production from the outside as well offensively. Duane Washington Jr., is a fearless shooter who averages 14.9 PPG on 37.3 percent from deep. Justin Ahrens is shooting over 50 percent from downtown on over four attempts a game.
Michigan State Spartans
To say Michigan States latest game against Rutgers was a nightmare would be an understatement. The Spartans managed just 37 points in a 30-point loss to Rutgers Thursday.
Michigan State posted an offensive rating of just 68.8 in that game, their worst mark of the season. The Spartans shot just 4 of 20 from deep and have scored more than 65 points just twice in conference play this year.
MSU was clearly rusty following a 20 day break due to COVID-19 concerns. Their offense has been the worst in the Big Ten. They shoot 43 percent from two, 30.7 from three, and have a turnover percentage of just over 20.
The Spartans average 73 PPG and allow 71 PPG. Aaron Henry leads the team with 13.4 PPG to go along with 5.4 RPG and 3.5 APG. Marquette transfer Joey Hauser also pitches in 11 PPG and a team-leading 7.5 RPG.
Forward Gabe Brown is expected to miss this game for the Spartans due to COVID-19 concerns.
- Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game.
- Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.
- Under is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 overall.
- Under is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Free Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans NCAAB Prediction:
I like Michigan State to bounce back here and cover. The second trend listed above shows that Tom Izzo can rally his troops following a big loss.
4* Free Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans Betting Pick: Michigan State +7.5, Under 143.5
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