Big Ten Semifinals Picks 3/16: Ohio State vs. Michigan State Preview

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Our official Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans pick is here at Cappers Info, as two great teams get set to square off on the college basketball odds. Join us for all of the great NCAA basketball predictions for what should be another great game on the college basketball schedule tonight!

Big Ten Tournament Semifinals Picks: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, March 16th, 4:00 ET
Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
Ohio State vs. Michigan State Live TV: CBS


In the regular season, the Buckeyes were able to take down Sparty thanks to a remarkable defensive effort. They forced 14 turnovers and allowed the Spartans to shoot just 45.7 percent from the floor. The second half was the key, as OSU had to fight back from a six-point halftime deficit. Here’s the difference from then to now, though. G Keith Appling. Appling didn’t have the best shooting game in the world against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night, as he went just 6-of-15, including 1-of-6 from long range. However, he wasn’t afraid to step up and take the big shot, and his driving to the lane consistently set up great efforts either for himself or for his teammates. If Appling continues to be the aggressor in this one, we just don’t think that Ohio State has the guards to be able to keep up with him and his attitude. F Deshaun Thomas could be in for another big night, but F Adreian Payne could at least somewhat neutralize him on the glass. On top of that, Head Coach Tom Izzo always seems to put together teams that can win at this level, regardless of how much veteran leadership he really has on the team. Go with Izzo and the Spartans to eke one out in Chicago and to move on to the Big Ten Final on Sunday.

Ohio State vs. Michigan State Pick: Michigan State Spartans
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals Predictions: Michigan State 67 – Ohio State 63

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