Ohio State Vs. Michigan State

Ohio State Vs. Michigan State
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Michigan State is nearing a game with this season's second top-five matchup. Their coach, Tom Izzo, hopes they'll approach the game right. He admitted that he'd be disappointed if they treated it like just another game. Yet, he went on to say that he also doesn't want it to be their year's biggest game since there's going to be a lot of big games this year.

The Michigan State Spartans are ranked number 5 and will be hosting Ohio State basketball, which is ranked number 3, on Tuesday night. The game's winner will move into first place by half a point.

Just two months ago Michigan State was ranked number 2 when they beat the then number 1 team, Kentucky. Since then the Spartans have gone on to win 6 straight. Their only loss was in a home game against North Carolina. On the other hand, Ohio State basketball has had the best start to their season since 2011.

How both teams' starting point guards perform will make a major difference here. Both teams have great starting point guards but both of them have different styles. It's Izzo's hope that Michigan State's Keith Appling won't worry all that much about trying to outplay Aaron Craft. Izzo said that this is something that Appling will sometimes do. However, he recognizes that Appling and Craft are 2 different types of players but that both of them are really good defensively. He went on to say that Appling can do some other things, like scoring the ball, that Craft can't do.

This will only be the second time that Izzo will see a matchup of top 5 men's teams in East Lansing. It is going to be a special event as long as the weather holds up for it to actually take place.

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Ohio State 2018 Football Schedule

Jan 1st Rose Bowl v Washington
ESPN 5:00pm ET

Sep. 1 Oregon State Beavers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET

Sep. 8 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30pm ET

Sep. 15 at TCU Horned Frogs
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

Sep. 22 Tulane Green Wave
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Sep. 29 at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

Oct. 6 Indiana Hoosiers (HC)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH 3:30/4pm ET

Oct. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Oct. 20 at Purdue Boilermakers
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

Nov. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Time 12:00pm

Nov. 10 at Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI Time TBA

Nov. 17 at Maryland Terrapins
Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD Time TBA

Nov. 24 Michigan Wolverines
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH Noon ET

Dec. 1 Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 8:00pm ET