5* Big Ten Championship *BEST BET*
Ohio State vs. Michigan State,
03/11/2012 15:30 EDT,
Score: 64 - 68
Point Spread: +1½/-102 Michigan State
5* Big Ten Championship *BEST BET* (CBS) on Michigan State +1.5
This is the matchup the Spartans were hoping for when they lost to Ohio State by 2 points at home in the regular season finale and lost an outright Big Ten title along with it.
Big Ten player of the year Draymond Green certainly wants this game. "It's just another opportunity for us. We had two chances to win the Big Ten outright, we didn't do it," Green said. "You can't really make up for it, but it's an opportunity to feel better about it if we get this conference tournament championship. It's just another way to leave that footprint, leave your legacy."
Green also knows a win could give his team a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance.
One thing you don't want to make a habit of is going against the Spartans as a neutral court dog. That's because they are 25-11 ATS in their last 36 as a neutral court underdog or pickem. They are also 20-7 ATS in their last 27 as a neutral court underdog of 6 points or less or pickem.
Michigan State has also been strong in revenge spots. It is 27-12 ATS in its last 39 games when out for revenge for a same season loss to an opponent. It has won by an average score of 69.5 to 62.0 in this situation. It is also 11-3 ATS when out for revenge for an upset loss to an opponent, winning in this situation by an average score of 70.9 to 63.5.
The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. We'll take Michigan State.