Featured Video from Scott Reichel
Where: United Center, Chicago Illinois
When: Friday, March 15, 2019 12:30pm Eastern
We have arrived at the Quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament and the first matchup of the day is our focus as the Ohio State Buckeyes face the Michigan State Spartans at the United Center in Chicago Illinois. The Buckeyes arrived here by defeating the Indiana Hoosiers on Thursday afternoon and the Spartans were co-Big ten Champions with the Purdue Boilermakers. This should be a good contest and I’m pleased to be previewing this game for you today.
Wesson Makes the Difference
Senior guard Keyshawn Woods scored 18 points and sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson and senior guard C.J. Jackson each dropped in 17 points to lead the Buckeyes to a 79-75 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. The Buckeyes shot 45 percent from the field, 36 percent from long distance and 83 percent from the charity stripe and the Buckeyes advance to the quarters where they will face Michigan State. The Buckeyes are on the bubble and a win over the Spartans should guarantee a slot in the NCAA Tournament.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) March 14, 2019
The Buckeyes aren’t reporting any injuries for the Friday contest with Michigan State.
Ohio State lost both meetings with the Spartans this season with the closest being a nine-point loss in Columbus. The Buckeyes have a road record of 4-7 this season and are riding a one-game losing streak.
Wesson leads the Buckeyes in scoring (14.6) and rebounds (6.7) and drops 1.8 dimes per game. Wesson has exceeded his scoring average twice in the past two games and missed three games due to a suspension for violating team rules.
The Buckeyes score an average of 69.3 points per game with 0.7 offensive rebounds, 26.9 defensive rebounds and dish 14.5 assists per game this season.
Spartans Hoping For Number One Seed
Michigan State had a solid yet unspectacular season, posting a record of 25 wins and six losses and a 16-4 mark in the Big Ten. KenPom ranks the Spartans as the fourth best team in the country and a strength of schedule ranking of ninth among D1 schools this season. The Spartans are headed to the Big Dance but as of now it appears MSU will be awarded a two seed in the event. Winning this tournament may give the Spartans a number one seed, and a win over OSU would get them on their way.
2015 Wooden Legacy Tournament Championship ✅
2016 Big Ten Tournament Championship ✅
2017 PK80 Invitational Championship ✅
2018 Big Ten Championship ✅
2018 Las Vegas Invitational Championship ✅
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— Michigan State Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) March 12, 2019
Junior forward Nick Ward is on the injury report and listed as probable for this event. Ward is the Spartans second-leading scorer and the Spartans need a healthy Ward heading into the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans cruised over Ohio State in both their meetings this season. MSU has a road record of 8-4 and are looking to extend a two-game winning streak.
Junior guard Cassius Winston leads the Spartans in scoring, averaging 19 points per game with 3.1 rebounds and a team-leading 7.6 assists per game. Winston knocks down 2.3 triples per night and exceeded his scoring average in four of his last five games.
Michigan State scores an average of 79.7 points and reels in ten offensive rebounds, 31.4 defensive boards and drop an average of 19.1 dimes per game this season.
Michigan State is:
- 15-5 ATS last 20 vs. Big 10.
- 7-3 ATS last 10 Friday games.
Ohio State is:
- 1-7 ATS last 8 after a SU win.
- 0-7 ATS last 7 after an ATS win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I know that’s a ton of points but Michigan State has beaten the Buckeyes handily in both of their encounters and now find themselves playing for a number one seed in the NCAA Tourney. Ohio State has been inconsistent all season long and don’t have the firepower or the experience the Spartans bring to the table. Not to mention a better rebounding, shooting and defensive side. Eleven points is quite a bit, but I am going with the Spartans in this game on Friday.
Prediction: MSU -11
Full-Game Total Pick
Both sides know how to hit the offensive glass and the Spartans are the better shooting side. Ohio State have decent shooters, but the Spartans defense is going to clamp down and suffocate the Buckeyes on Friday. And because of that, I see a lower scoring game in the first quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament.
When I did the math and added everything together, I came up with 134 points and felt that might be high. I will be playing the under on Friday.
Prediction: Under 137