USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman (23), Ohio State C.J. Jackson (3).
With the Big Ten tournament moving onto the quarterfinals, the games are heating up as well.
In the first half of Friday’s docket, No. 1 seed Michigan State matches up with No. 8 Ohio State, which it swept in their two regular season meetings.
Shortly after, No. 4 seed Wisconsin squares off against No. 13 seed Nebraska, as the Badgers won — outright and ATS — in Lincoln for their lone matchup.
Where’s the value in these two games? Let’s break them down.
Betting Odds: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans
- Spread: Michigan State -11
- Over/Under: 135
- Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
- TV: Big Ten Network
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The Spartans (22-9 against the spread) have dominated ATS throughout the campaign, including a pair of covers vs. the Buckeyes (13-19 ATS) in their two straight up wins.
Nevertheless, I’m expecting a motivated Ohio State team with revenge on its mind. They held a one-point edge with 4:32 left before losing by nine in their first go-around. Chris Holtmann and Co. were then tied with 7:40 left in East Lansing, but Michigan State ended the game on a 20-2 run.
The Buckeyes likely have an NCAA tournament bid locked up after a victory over Indiana in the second round, but the Spartans would need plenty of help to earn a No. 1 seed in March Madness — even if they won the Big Ten tournament.