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How and what to watch for No. 4 Ohio State vs. Michigan State

We go over how you can watch Thursday’s Ohio State-Michigan matchup, as well as how you should bet against the spread.

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Ohio State Buckeyes forward Seth Towns defended by Michigan Wolverines guard Mike Smith during the first half at Value City Arena. Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 Ohio State fell to No. 3 Michigan in a classic on Saturday. and will face another team from the same Great Lake State, as the Buckeyes visit Michigan State on Thursday for a Big Ten matchup.

Ohio State (18-5, 12-5 Big Ten) had its seven-game winning streak snapped in its last outing by the Wolverines, but have a good chance to get back on track against a team it dominated earlier this season. The Buckeyes claimed a 17-point victory against the Spartans in January. E.J. Liddell and Justice Sueing dominated in the post the last time these two teams met, and Liddell has scored 23 points in two straight contests.

Michigan State (12-9, 6-9 Big Ten) has won two games in a row, and upset No. 5 Illinois on Tuesday. The Spartans have been inconsistent in the Big Ten but have put up good fights against a couple ranked opponents. Aaron Henry’s battle with Ohio State’s bigs will be important for Michigan State. Michigan State’s leading scorer was held to just 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting against Ohio State earlier this year. Tom Izzo’s crew is still fighting for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, and a win here would put them back in contention.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Ohio State vs. Michigan State on Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Ohio State -4
Point Total: 148.5
Money line: Ohio State -190, Michigan State +150

  • Ohio State is 14-8-1 ATS overall and 6-3-1 on the road.
  • Michigan State is an abysmal 6-15 ATS overall and 3-9 at home.

The Best Bet

One big win doesn’t make Michigan State a threat in this game. Ohio State consistently covers the spread while the Spartans are below average on their home court. The Buckeyes should run through the underdogs again in this rematch.

Pick: Ohio State -4

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