Saturday’s College Basketball Betting Previews: Michigan State-Ohio State, Kansas-Iowa State

Jan 05, 2019 07:27 AM EST

Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Michigan State Spartans guard Cassius Winston (5), Ohio State Buckeyes forward Kaleb Wesson (34).

The NFL playoffs are about to kick off, but let’s not forget about the massive college basketball slate taking place on Saturday, including 14-ranked teams. Among them, No. 8 Michigan State travels to Columbus to square off against No. 14 Ohio State before No. 5 Kansas faces Iowa State.

Where is the value at in these matchups? Let’s break them down.

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Betting Odds For Michigan State at Ohio State

  • Spread: Michigan State -2
  • Over/Under: 143
  • Time: Noon ET
  • TV: FOX

Surprised the Buckeyes (7-6 against the spread) are involved in a tight line with the Spartans (10-4 ATS)? It’s just the standard Chris Holtmann effect.

Michigan State has generated the seventh-highest Effective Field Goal Percentage (58.1%) in Division I, aided by the 10th-best 3-point clip (40.8%). Its perimeter shooting isn’t nearly as vital as its scoring inside the arc, though, which constitutes for 51.3% of its offense.

Ohio State’s sound defense hinges on its ability to limiting opponents’ entry passes into the lane, yielding the 17th-lowest two-point percentage (43.4%). That should help deliver the Buckeyes an advantage down low, and they’ve also manufactured a 26.0% Defensive Rebounding Rate, limiting the Spartans’ second-chance opportunities while establishing a slower tempo in the process.