Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Buckeyes vs Spartans CBB Odds
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19-13(3-0 N) Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans 25-16 (2-1 N)
Date: Friday, March 15th, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM ET
Venue: United Center in Chicago, Illinois
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: MSU -10.5
CBB Betting Total: 135
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The eighth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes were able to take out the night seated Indiana Hoosiers in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday night. They now look to do battle with a familiar foe in the Michigan State Spartans in the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.
The Michigan State Spartans are coming off a first-round bye and are itching to get back onto the court, as they are winners of seven of their last eight games, overall. They ended the season with a huge, 12-point victory over the Michigan Wolverines to end the season ss the top seed within the conference.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio state had an awful shooting night versus the Indiana Hoosiers as they went 43% from the floor as a team during the contest. And while the defense allowed just 41% shooting to Indiana, the Buckeyes had to fight off a potential late rally by their opponents in which to pull out a four-point victory.
Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes in scoring with 17 points as he also pulled down 12 rebounds, as he is currently averaging 15 points along with seven rebounds to lead the team. On the other hand, CJ Jackson along with Keyshawn Woods had 12 points each in defeat.
Point guard CJ Jackson is averaging 11.3 game yet has struggled coming down the stretch for Ohio State. Nonetheless, he continues to remain a dangerous threat as he shoots 38% from long range on a nightly basis.
In their last match up with the Spartans, however, after a close first half, the Buckeyes lost their way in the second stanza while posting just 13 points during this time. On the other hand, Michigan State exploded for 37 points as Kaleb Wesson was the only double-digit scorer for the Buckeyes with 12 points along with nine rebounds on a 5-11 shooting night.
Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans are averaging just under 80 points per game on 49% shooting on the year. And while their offensive output certainly took a dip due to the injury to Langford earlier in the season, the Spartans continue to roll along as their record certainly speaks for itself.
As stated, they enter this matchup on an extended winning streak while also winning two straight games after a one-point setback versus the Indiana Hoosiers to end the year. Nonetheless, the Spartans have seemingly regained their mojo as they are averaging 82 points per game ever since their loss to Indiana.
Their defense has also been a huge catalyst to their success as they are only allowing an average of 65 points per game on 37% shooting from the floor to opponents. In fact, they have only allowed opponents to score 70 points or more in just two of their last eight games entering this matchup.
Cassius Winston (16 ppg) continues to lead the team offensively as he shoots 47% from the floor along with 41% from long-range on the season. On the other hand, Kenny Goins ( 8 ppg, 9 rebs) along with Xavier Tillman ( ppg, 7 rebs) have also increased their level of play recently for the Spartans as well.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-2 in NW last 8 Sat. games.
- Under is 8-3 in NW last 11 overall.
- NW are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. Big Ten.
Free Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans NCAAB Prediction:
Look for the Spartans to come up with a much-needed victory in this contest over what has been a wholly inconsistent squad for the Buckeyes all year long. With that being said, look for the Spartans to capture the 81-69 win over Ohio State as they will shine on both ends of the floor.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Michigan State
Michigan State totally dominated the Buckeyes in their last matchup, as pointed out. With the Big Ten tournament Championship on the line, look for them to continue their overall focus and intensity beginning with this matchup versus an up-and-down Ohio State squad.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Ohio State 69 – Michigan State 81
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