Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Spartans vs Buckeyes CBB Odds
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12-2 (3-0 conf) Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes 12-1 (2-0 conf)
Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Spartans -2.5
CBB Betting Total: 147
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A classic Big Ten clash occurs this Saturday night in Columbus, as legendary coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans travel south to take on the Buckeyes of The Ohio State University. A characteristically strong college hoops match-up should remain so, as both the visiting Spartans and the home team Buckeyes are ranked in the Top 25 of the Coaches’ Poll.
It’s a fitting game to get Big Ten Conference play kicked off in full swing, as the power conference looks very competitive this season, and Michigan State and Ohio State should be right in the thick of things come springtime.
Michigan State Spartans
The Spartys should travel well with some fans, as Value City Arena should be packed 18,000 strong for this one. In the conference, MSU sits only behind in-state nemesis Michigan, which currently has a perfect record. Still, State’s two losses aren’t looking too shabby either.
The straw that stirs the drink for State is junior guard and Detroit native Cassius Winston, who leads the team in both points per game (17.1) and assists, at nearly eight per contest. Elsewhere, the Spartans rely on upperclassmen Nick Ward and Joshua Langford, whom both chip in at least 15 PPG. Sophomore big man Xavier Tillman is leading Michigan State in field-goal percentage and chips in eight rebounds for good measure.
It’s Michigan State’s balanced scoring which leads them to having one of the more prolific offenses in the Big Ten. They’ll need to fill the basket in that fashion to grab a tricky road win in Columbus over the weekend.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Bucks are coming off the good vibes of a Rose Bowl victory in football head coach Urban Meyer’s last game in charge. The campus is hoping they can utilize that karma to win again with conference big dog MSU coming to town.
Ohio State hasn’t been tested much in the Big Ten yet, a convincing 20-point win over 12-2 Minnesota looks great and they also rolled Illinois, who has the infamy of being the worst team in the conference. On Saturday, OSU will need a balanced lineup to all be contributing – especially top two scorers Kaleb Wesson and C.J. Jackson, who can do a bit of everything on the hardwood.
The Buckeyes can’t score as prolifically as the visiting team, but they also have a much better defense, as evidenced by their yielding of under 62 points per game, on average, being ranked in the Top 25 nationally. That concept of team guarding must come to forefront for a positive result in front of the home fans.
Big Ten basketball is always classically hard-nosed, scrappy and team-oriented; Ohio State embodies that look in what looks to be an important conference match-up to start the new year.
Free Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes NCAAB Prediction:
Michigan State are slightly higher ranked, but I like the idea of the home team swarming defensively and helping shut down Winston and Friends from getting to the rim at will. The Buckeyes – and especially Jackson – notoriously come on strong in the second half, which is a good look for getting the fans behind them and pulling out a win.
The Spartans certainly have the talent to turn things the other way, but I just have a good feeling about Ohio State using their team concept and balanced scoring production to gain control of a game that could still be touch and go at the Value City Arena.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Ohio State -3.5
Expect Jackson to knock down some big shots en route to a narrow victory for the home team in Columbus.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Ohio State 75 – Michigan State 71
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