Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Free Prediction 01/05/19

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The eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans (12-2, 3-0 Big 10) and their great offense visit Ohio State to take on the 14th-ranked Buckeyes (12-1, 2-0 Big 10) and their superb defense. Action starts at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 5, 2019.

Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes ATS Odds

In their last matchup, the Buckeyes defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats, 64-56, while the Spartans lost to the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks, 92-87.

The Buckeyes had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.511 vs. 0.323) and had a better free throw rate (0.340 vs. 0.258). Michigan State, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.390 vs. 0.290). Kaleb Wesson played well for Ohio State with 15 points and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Kenny Goins had a good outing for Michigan State, putting up 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Buckeyes won the only contest between these two teams last season, 80-64. The Buckeyes’ 8.3 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Spartans, who had a mark of 15.6. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

Cassius Winston has taken his game to another level as of late for Michigan State, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

This showdown pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Ohio State ranks 48th in offensive efficiency and Michigan State is 50th in defensive efficiency.

Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Pick

Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Ohio State, ATS Winner – Ohio State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Michigan State ranks fifth in rebounds per game (44.3) while Ohio State ranks 118th (36.8).
  • The Buckeyes rank eighth in assists allowed per game (9.6) while the Spartans rank 64th (11.7).
  • The Spartans rank 12th in blocks per game (5.7) while the Buckeyes rank 103rd (3.2).
  • Ohio State ranks 16th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while Michigan State ranks 92nd (6.3).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Spartans’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 25.6, up from 19.7 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Buckeyes have scored an average of 79.4 points per game (1.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 57.6 points per game (4.3 below their season average).