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Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Free NCAA Pick

#19 Ohio State Buckeyes (20-9) at #16 Michigan State Spartans (21-9)

NCAA Men's Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. (Jack Breslin Students Events Center)

Line and Odds: Michigan State -7 -- Over/Under 137.5

Free NCAA Basketball Pick Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans

Tom Izzo and company are trying to cap off another Big-10 regular season title against the Buckeyes. They are currently a half game back of Wisconsin in the conference and with a win today they will share the title. It's Senior Night in East Lansing and Cassius Winston's last game at the Jack Breslin Center. Both teams come into this game with a four-game winning streak on the line heading into the Big-10 tournament.

Michigan State

It's the last game of the season for Michigan State at home and Cassius Winston will try to get his squad another Big-10 title. The Spartans are coming off a statement win against #20 ranked Penn State on the road. They were down 15 at halftime before having a rejoiceful second half outscoring the Nittany Lions by 23. Xavier Tillman had a double-double in the win posting 23 points and 15 rebounds.

On offense, the Spartans are ranked 54th in the country posting 75.77 points per game while shooting 46.02% from the floor. Joe Lunardi's most recent bracket update has Michigan State as a 3-seed in the south region. Cassius Winston leads the team in scoring with 18.3 PPG. He also leads the team in assists with 5.9 per game, which is good for 4th in the conference.

Xavier Tillman is the key cog for the Spartans defense as he is a double-double machine. He's ranked 4th in the Big-10 blocks with 2.1 per game. The Spartans as a team are allowing 64.60 points per contest, letting opponents shoot 37.64% from the field. They are also very good at defending the three-point shot as they are holding opponents to 28.65% from beyond the arc.

Ohio State

The Buckeyes have taken down three ranked opponents in their last four games. In their last matchup, they took down a hot-streaking Illinois team who had won four in a row. Kaleb Wesson led the team in scoring with 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting.

Junior forward Kaleb Wesson leads Ohio State in scoring with 14.2 PPG. The Buckeyes as a team are averaging 72.17 points per meeting while shooting 44.53% from the floor. Joe Lunardi has the Buckeyes as a 5-seed currently, but a win today could easily change that. Ohio State is amazing at shooting the three averaging 37.43% as a team from beyond the arc.

Statistically, Chris Holtmann's squad is the best defense in the Big-10. They are holding opponents to scoring 62.37 points per meeting while allowing them to shoot 39.39% from the field. They are the 16th best defense in the country according to KenPom's rankings. C.J. walker is 3rd in the Big-10 in steals with 1.3 per game.

Cover The Spread 365 NCAA Basketball Betting Trends

Michigan State

  • Michigan State is 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games.
  • Spartans are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
  • Michigan State is 11-3 SU at home this season.

Ohio State

  • Ohio State is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
  • Buckeyes are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Michigan State.
  • Ohio State is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against Michigan State.

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