Michigan State Spartans Vs. Ohio State Buckeyes, Big Ten conference game. The second best team in the conference is still fighting for the first place. If the Spartans win tonight they still need to win more games to surpass the Wolverines overall record with more wins and fewer losses. So far the record is solid for the Spartans, but the last losing streak of three games destroyed the road. The Buckeyes have a bad record at the conference, they really have no hope this season, but tonight they will try to prevent the Spartans from winning at all costs.
Michigan State Spartans: We have to win this game.
The Spartans want to win, they need to win to have another victory and win the first place in the conference. So far the overall record is twenty victories and only five defeats, the season is 11-3. The problem for the Spartans was a couple of days ago when they lost three games. Two defeats on the road against Purdue 73-63 and Illinois 79-74, plus a third home loss against Indiana 79-75. The last two games were against conference rivals, both games wins against Wisconsin and Minnesota.
At home the Spartans are scoring an average of 87.4 points per game, 32.50 FG points, 69.0% free throw shots, 8.67 three pointers and 25.08 assists. The defense is allowing only 63.1 points at home, 22.67 fg points and 7.08 three pointers.
The ATS record at home is 9-3-0. The last defeat at home and the only one of the season was against Indiana, 75-79 that defeat ended with an ATS streak of five games. The average points in the spread at home are -18.5. All season the Spartans have been favorites at home.
Ohio State Buckeyes: Revenge.
The Buckeyes already lost at home this season against the Spartans 86-77. The overall record for the Buckeyes is 16 wins and eight defeats. In the conference the team is in seventh place with a negative record 6-7. The worst of the season for the Buckeyes was the losing streak of five games after the defeat against the Spartans. The team lost against Rutgers, Iowa, Maryland and Purdue. On the road the record is hardly positive 4-3 for a single victory.
The Buckeyes are scoring up to 61.4 points per game on the road, 22.43 FG points, 68.6% free throw shots, 8.14 three pointers and up to 11.29 assists. The defense has not been the best, it is really pessimistic allowing up to 61.3 points per game, 21.57 FG points and 6.86 three pointers.
The ATS record is 4-3-0 so far, 3-2 in the last five games on the road. Only twice in the season the Buckeyes were favorites on the road. Against Indiana was the last game on the road, the Buckeyes won with +2.5 in the spread.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes 02/17/2019 is: take the Michigan State Spartans -12 (Point Spread).
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