Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes Spread

A Closer Look at How To Bet the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes College Basketball Spread

Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes Spread

The 6th-ranked Michigan State Spartans travel to Columbus, Ohio to battle the rival Ohio State Buckeyes in a key Big Ten matchup on Tuesday night. The game takes place at Value City Arena in Columbus. Tip-off is at 9:00 pm ET.

Since January 23, Michigan State has played almost as well as any team in the nation. The Spartans have gone 6 and 1 straight up in their last 7 games. Ohio State has also been playing well. The Buckeyes go into this battle with Michigan State on a 4 game winning streak.

A Closer Look at How To Bet the No. 6 Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes College Basketball Spread

The college basketball betting spread favors MSU by 6.5-points to beat OSU. Both teams have been very good ATS in recent games. Ohio State is 3 and 1 ATS in their last 4 games. The Buckeyes go into this battle off 2 straight up and ATS wins. Michigan State is 7 and 0 ATS in their last 7 games. The Spartans are on fire in the sports book.

What: No. 6 Michigan State Spartans (22-5) at Ohio State Buckeyes (18-10)
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Tip Off: 9:00 PM ET 
Where: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Value City Arena
Spread: Michigan State -6.5
Moneyline: N/A
Game Total: 139
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Bet The No. 6 Michigan State Spartans Because…

Coach Tom Izzo should continue to tighten the screws on Tuesday night. Izzo does this every season. He lets his fellas get the bad games out of the way before February. Once February hits, Michigan States starts playing like an NCAA Tournament machine. The Spartans have won in almost every conceivable way during the streak. They used their defense to pummel Northwestern 76 to 45 on Jan. 28. They dominated Indiana 88 to 69 with their offense on Feb. 14. Okay, Michigan State also played great defense in that matchup.

Bet The Ohio State Buckeyes Because…

The Buckeyes have been as tough as anybody in the Big Ten against the spread when they play at home. Ohio State is a fantastic 10-5-1 in home games this season. They’ve doubled their wins ATS at home from their losses. That’s a great ATS record. One of the covers was a terrific 58 to 64 loss to Virginia as a +7 point favorite. Another cover at home was a great 66 to 46 win over tough Penn State as a -9 point favorite. The record ATS at home coupled with the 3 and 1 straight up record in Ohio State’s last 4 should give the Buckeyes a chance on Tuesday night.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

Ohio State’s home ATS win over Virginia happened in early December of 2015. The cover versus Penn State is more recent. That game occurred on January 25. Sure, the ATS home record is impressive at 10-5-1, but take a look at the 10 teams that Ohio State covered against. Here the list: Mount St. Mary’s, Virginia, VMI, Air Force, Mercer, Minnesota, Rutgers, Penn State, Northwestern and Michigan.

Not very impressive, is it? Save for Virginia, a game that Ohio State lost, and Michigan, no other team in the 10 is likely to garner a bid to the NCAA Tournament. What it means is that Ohio State is going to have a lot of trouble with the sizzling Michigan State Spartans on Feb. 23. Sparty should roll.  

My final score prediction is Michigan State 87, Ohio State 68.