Michigan State is at the top of the Big Ten basketball standings. Ohio State is still looking for its conference win.
That’s the backdrop for Sunday as the Spartans (12-6, 4-1) and Buckeyes (10-7, 0-4) meet at Value City Arena in Columbus for the first of two regular-season meetings. Twelve of the last 15 games between the two have been decided by 10 points or fewer, but Michigan State has won five straight in the series — including the last three by 19, 15 and 27 points, respectively.
Ohio State has won at least 10 Big Ten games in each of the last 11 seasons, but that streak is in considerable jeopardy. The Buckeyes are coming off an 89-66 loss at Wisconsin on Thursday night, while Michigan State handled Minnesota, 65-47, at home on Wednesday.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to the Michigan State at Ohio State matchup:
Michigan State basketball at Ohio State: game time, details
Time: 1:30 p.m. (ET) tip-off
Date: Sunday, Jan. 15
Location: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio.
The line: Michigan State is favored by 2 points.
Which TV channel station is Michigan State basketball at Ohio State on?
The game will be broadcast on CBS.
How can I watch Michigan State basketball at Ohio State online?
How can I listen to Michigan State basketball at Ohio State on the radio?
For Michigan State: The game can be heard on radio over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. It is also on SiriusXM Channel 84.
For Ohio State: The game can be heard on the 60-station OSU-IMG Sports Network, including flagship stations WBNS-FM 97.1 and AM 1460 in Columbus.
Who is calling the Michigan State basketball game at Ohio State?
Carter Blackburn will handle play-by-play for CBS with analyst Bill Raftery. Will Tieman will call play-by-play with analyst Drew Neitzel on the Spartan Sports Network. Paul Keels will handle the play-by-play duties with analyst Ron Stokes on the OSU-IMG Sports Network.
Three keys to the Michigan State basketball at Ohio State game
Does Ohio State feel like playing?
The biggest criticism the Buckeyes faced following the loss at Wisconsin is that they gave up in the game. The Badgers closed out the first half on a 26-11 run and were never threatened again. Ohio State has played well in close losses to three ranked teams – Virginia, UCLA and Purdue – but showed little fight against Wisconsin. Can being back at home be enough to inspire the Buckeyes to play with some energy?
Welcome home, Nick Ward
Michigan State freshman Nick Ward plays his first college game in his hometown. Ward stepped up his game in the absence of fellow freshman Miles Bridges in December and is now playing with as much confidence as anyone for the Spartans. He’s averaging 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and already has 41 blocks this season.
Ward leads the Big Ten in averaging 3.2 blocks in conference games. He had a streak of 11 straight games scoring in double figures snapped against Minnesota on Wednesday but should be fully motivated to play well in front of friends and family on Sunday.
Battle of the point guards
Michigan State’s combination of junior Tum Tum Nairn Jr. and freshman Cassius Winston combine to average more than 11 points to go with nearly 5 rebounds and 10 assists per game this season. Winston leads the Big Ten in assists, (5.9 per game), but Nairn was returned to the starting lineup against Minnesota in part because of his defensive prowess. Ohio State sophomore JaQuan Lyle is tied for second in the Big Ten in assists (5.4) while also averaging 11.7 points. Ohio State needs someone to step up after its effort against Wisconsin. Lyle has the ability to disrupt Michigan State’s plans.