LOCATION: Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio
TIME: 9 p.m. ET
The Spartans and Buckeyes match-up for the first time this season with MSU playing solid basketball in their past two games. Will they continue their winning ways? Not if the Buckeyes have anything to say as Thad Matta's team wants a win in this game before having to make a visit to East Lansing in just over a week.
Michigan State defeated Ohio State, 76-67, on March 13, 2015, in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals in Chicago. The Spartans led by eight at the half and still held an eight-point lead at 47-39 midway through the second half. Travis Trice then scored eight straight Spartan points and 10 of 12 during a 13-4 spurt to take a commanding 60-43 lead. Denzel Valentine turned in a dominating 23-point, eight-rebound, seven-assist effort to lead MSU, while Trice added 18 points and scored his 1,000th-career point in the process. D’Angelo Russell led Ohio State with 19 points. MSU established a Big Ten Tournament school record with 23 assists, recording an assist on 23 of 29 field goals. Tom Izzo also established a Big Ten Tournament record with his 23rd tournament victory.
LAST MEETING IN COLUMBUS
Ohio State defeated Michigan State, 69-67, on March 9, 2014, in Columbus. The Spartans shot 51.9 percent from the field in the first half, including 60 percent from 3-point range to hold a 38-36 lead at the break. Midway through the second half, Adreian Payne scored seven straight points during a 7-2 run to give the Spartans a 65-60 lead with 6:56 remaining. For the rest of the contest, however, MSU was 1-of-6 from the field and committed five turnovers in the final 6:27. The Spartans shot 90 percent from the foul line, but attempted just 10, compared to 31 attempts for the Buckeyes. MSU committed 16 turnovers as OSU held a 21-12 edge in points off turnovers. Payne led MSU with 23 points, while LaQuinton Ross led OSU with 22 points.