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Ohio State no longer unbeaten

January 08, 2014 17:45:59 UK

Ohio State’s Aaron Craft.

The Ohio State Buckeyes ventured into East Lansing on Tuesday evening and left without their unblemished record as the Michigan State Spartans prevailed 72-68 in overtime.

Strangely the defeat validated the No. 3 ranking of the Buckeyes who had not faced a side of true substance heading into their Big Ten conference schedule. The Spartans, the pre-season No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll, had slipped to fifth after an upset loss to North Carolina in early December, but have otherwise played well in defeating the likes of Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas. Sam Thompson and Marc Loving came off the bench for the visitors to combine for 30 points only to fall short in the extra frame.

Ohio State will look to bounce back when they entertain the Iowa Hawkeyes over the weekend, while Michigan State also play at home when the Minnesota Golden Gophers comes into town. The Buckeyes and Spartans will play a second time in the final game of the regular season.

Sandwiched between their fellow Big Ten rivals, the fourth ranked Badgers of Wisconsin are in action on Wednesday evening when they play the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Wisconsin narrowly escaped their first loss of the campaign last weekend when they triumphed over the Hawkeyes at the Kohl Center in Madison. Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery received two technical fouls for a tirade that would subsequently cost the Hawkeyes coach a one-game suspension and the Badgers drove the momentum gained to the comeback 75-71 win.

Ohio State areĀ 17.00 to win the NCAAB Championship, while the Spartans can be backed at 7.00.

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