Ohio State vs. Michigan State - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State vs. Michigan State - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State vs. Michigan State - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Spartans looked every bit of a national title contender.

MI coach John Beilein reacts to his team's blown double-digit lead in the second half, when Ohio State changed its defense en route to a 71-62 on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo expects Ward to be much better this time around. Her layup in the third quarter gave her 1,918 career points to break the original mark set by Jackson back in 1983-84.

As a team, the Spartans shot, 57 percent from the field and 57 percent from beyond the arc. In that game, Michigan State's Nick Ward posted 16 points.

Freshman Jaren Jackson had 15 points, three blocks and two steals for the Spartans despite playing just 4 minutes in the first half because he had two fouls.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan State is favored at home tonight, as the Spartans are getting odds of -14 points against Maryland.

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Ohio State used two goals early in the first and then two more in the opening 32 seconds of the middle period to top the Spartans.

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The Spartans weren't able to get any closer as Marody's third tally of the day with 3:47 to go put the game away for MI.

As a team, a few positives to come from this game, (if there can be any in a thirty point loss), were the fact that the Terps limited their turnover total to just 12.

After Huerter knocked down a three-pointer to regain the lead 27-26, Maryland only made two more field goals the rest of the first half. Rawle Atkins finished with 22 points in the Wildcats' ninth consecutive victory. The Spartans outscored 47-29 in the second half. Cowan had some success doing so, like on this jumper over Joshua Langford and on this drive-and-dish to senior Jared Nickens.

That's a luxury afforded to Michigan State by virtue of having a deep team that played consistently well through almost the entire season. Jay LaPrete, AP Michigan's Moe Wagner (13) dunks in front of Ohio State's C.J. Jackson in the first half Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at Value Center Arena in Columbus, Ohio. We have not been through something like that as a group with a team of that caliber coming into our place.

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Wright also grabbed seven rebounds.

Seven of the first eight made field goals for the Spartans came courtesy of the three-point variety.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes play at IN on Saturday. Morsell got the starting nod from Turgeon and drew the assignment of guarding Bridges, while Tomaic played 14 minutes with Cekovsky and Fernando in foul trouble. Turgeon described the Spartans' defense as terrific.

The Terps must regroup quickly.

Up next: MSU will continue conference play on Sunday against Ohio State University in the team's first true road game since their December 5 win at Rutgers.

Asked if he thought his performance proved how good a player he has become, Cowan said, "I really don't care honestly".

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The last two Big Ten teams to make the Final Four are off to wildly different starts this year. The Hawkeyes lost to Penn State and IN in December and fell to MI and Ohio State during the past week. "We've got to win on Sunday", Huerter said, referring to a game against an Iowa team that's 9-8 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten this season.

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