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Buckeye Shootaround — Ohio State at Michigan State | Tip-Off Time, TV, Lineups

Ohio State Buckeyes Shootaround

The Ohio State Buckeyes (16-8, 6-7) travel to East Lansing to face the No. 11 Michigan State Spartans (20-5, 11-3) for a 1:00 pm tip-off Sunday afternoon on CBS. The Buckeyes come into this game following a 63-56 loss at home to Illinois. Michigan State, meanwhile, comes into this game following a win at No. 20 Wisconsin on Tuesday. The Spartans won the first game against the Buckeyes 86-77 last month.


Opening Tip

Who: Ohio State at Michigan State

What: Men’s Basketball

Where: East Lansing, MI — Breslin Center

When: 1:00 pm (CBS)

Why: Because now the Buckeyes need a quality win.

Line: Michigan State -12


The Buckeyes


Three-Point Territory

+ Michigan State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 69-57. Ohio State owns a 37-24 record in Columbus and is 17-41 in East Lansing. The teams have played on a neutral court seven times with the Spartans winning four. Kaleb Wesson averages 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in a pair of meetings vs. the Spartans. C.J. Jackson averages 8.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in four games vs. MSU.

+ The Buckeyes have forced more turnovers than they have committed just twice in the last 10 games, most recently in their win over Rutgers. They are averaging 16.7 turnovers per game on the road in conference play. Ohio State is averaging 14.8 turnovers in conference play overall, which is 1.5 more per game than anybody else in the B1G.


Michigan State Spartans


What You Need To Know

+ Junior guard Cassius Winston scored 25 points and junior forward Nick Ward had 21 points and eight rebounds as No. 8 Michigan State used a big second half to pull away from No. 14 Ohio State for an 86-77 win at Value City Arena on January 5. Winston scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, connecting on 8-of-12 shots from the floor, and handed out five assists. Ward finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, connecting on 5-of-7 shots from the floor and 11-of-14 from the free throw line. Senior guard Matt McQuaid added 12 points and six rebounds. Michigan State outscored Ohio State, 50-34, in the second half and connected on 76.5 percent of its shots during the final 20 minutes (13-of-17), while hitting 84-6  percent of its free throws (22-of-26) in that span.

+ Junior guard Cassius Winston is among the best guards in the country, averaging 18.8 points per game (fourth in the Big Ten) and 7.4 assists, which ranks No. 4 in the country. Since 1992-93, there are just 18 Division I players who have averaged at least 18.0 points and 7.0 assists, including three this year (Winston, Murray State’s Ja Morant and Colbey Ross of Pepperdine). In that group of 18, which includes Spartan alum Denzel Valentine during the 2015-16 season, Winston is one of just six from a Power Six conference. Winston is the only player in the country this year averaging at least 18.0 points, 7.0 assists and shooting at least 45.0 percent from 3-point land.

+ Michigan State enters Sunday’s game with a 20-5 overall record and an 11-3 mark in the Big Ten. Through 25 games, junior guard Cassius Winston leads the team with 18.8 points per game and 7.4 assists per game. Winston is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring and is No. 4 in the country in assists per game. Junior forward Nick Ward is second on the team with 15.4 points and third on the team with 6.7 rebounds. He is tied for 10th in the Big Ten in scoring, tied for 15th in rebounding and ranks fourth in the league, and is No. 18 nationally in field goal percentage, connecting on 60.9 percent of his shots.

+ Senior guard Matt McQuaid is averaging 8.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Sophomore forward Xavier Tillman is scoring 8.4 points per game, is second on the team with 6.9 rebounds and is second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (62.2 percent). Redshirt senior Kenny Goins is sixth on the team in scoring with 7.2 points and leads the team with 8.9 rebounds per game, which ranks No. 45 nationally. Redshirt junior Kyle Ahrens is averaging 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds (7.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg in eight starts) and freshman Aaron Henry is averaging 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds (6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg in eight starts).

+ MSU ranks among the top-10 in the country in 12 different statistical categories. The Spartans rank No. 29 in the country in scoring offense (81.3 ppg), No. 8 in field goal percentage (49.3%) and No. 3 in field goal percentage defense (37.3%).