Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 3/4/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI
The Ohio State Buckeyes (13-17) are headed to Breslin Center on Saturday where they will try to defeat the Michigan State Spartans (18-11).
The Ohio State Buckeyes faced Maryland and took home the win by a score of 73-62 in their last game. Ohio State walked away from the game having earned a 48.0% FG percentage (24 of 50) and knocked down 5 out of their 14 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Buckeyes converted 20 of 20 tries for a percentage of 100.0%. When discussing rebounding, they earned a total of 31 with 8 of them being offensive. They also dished out 9 assists in the game as well as forcing 9 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In the matter of defense, Ohio State allowed their opponent to shoot 44.0% from the field on 22 out of 50 shooting. Maryland totaled 9 dimes and had 1 steal in the matchup. Additionally, Maryland grabbed 21 rebounds (7 offensive, 14 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Maryland ended up going 73.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 11 of their 15 shots. They converted 7 of their 19 shots from downtown. When it comes to personal fouls, the Buckeyes ended up walking away with 20 and Maryland accumulated 16 personal fouls.
Felix Okpara is a guy who was a factor for the matchup. He totaled 12 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He played 31 minutes played and grabbed 12 rebounds. He ended up going 62.5% from the field but finished the game without an assist.
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Ohio State heads into this contest with a win-loss mark of 13-17 on the year. They are averaging 72.9 points per contest (150th in the nation) while hitting 46.0% from the field. The Buckeyes are hitting 35.4% on shots from beyond the arc (195 of 551) and 74.1% from the free throw line. As a team, Ohio State is collecting 36.8 boards per contest and has totaled 342 assists on the campaign, which is 307th in college hoops in terms of passing. They turn it over 11.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 15.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Buckeyes are forcing 10.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 15.7 fouls. They are currently ranked 149th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 369 relinquished on the season. The Buckeyes defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 42.8% (754 of 1,763) and they surrender 33.1 rebounds per game as a unit. They are surrendering 31.9% from 3-point land and they are 146th in college basketball in PPG allowed (68.9).
When they last stepped on the court, the Michigan State Spartans took home the win by a final score of 80-67 when they faced Nebraska. The Spartans collected 21 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 30 for the game. They also turned the ball over 10 times, while earning 5 steals in the matchup. Nebraska earned 14 fouls in this game which got the Spartans to the free throw line for 7 shots. They were able to bury 6 of the free throws for a rate of 85.7%. When it comes to three-point shots, Michigan State buried 16 out of 29 tries (55.2%). When the game finished, the Spartans walked away from this one shooting 29 for 64 from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.3%. The Spartans allowed Nebraska to make 25 of 49 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.0% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 30.4% from distance by shooting 7 out of 23 and ended up going 10 of 15 from the free throw line (66.7%). When talking about rebounds, Michigan State permitted Nebraska to snag 26 in all (3 offensive).
Joey Hauser ended up being a factor for the Spartans in the matchup. He earned 20 points in his 32 minutes on the court and had 2 dimes for the contest. He converted 7 of 15 in this matchup for a rate of 46.7%, and added 7 rebounds.
Michigan State has a win-loss record of 18-11 this season. The Spartans commit 16.7 fouls per contest and they shoot 76.7% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.0 times per game (60th in college basketball) and they turn it over 11.1 times per game. Michigan State has accumulated 2,035 points this season (70.2 per contest) and they grab 35.9 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Spartans are shooting 44.9% from the field, which ranks 173rd in the nation.
The Spartans on the defensive side of the court are 91st in the country in points given up per game with 67.0. They are forcing 9.9 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.7% from the field (66th in the nation). The Michigan State defense surrenders 30.4% on 3-point shots (195 of 642) and opponents are knocking down 71.7% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 12.6 dimes and 32.8 rebounds per game, which ranks them 176th and 97th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Michigan State
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