Ward suffered the injury around halftime of the Spartans 62-44 victory over Ohio State. After three straight losses to Purdue, Indiana and IL, the Spartans have won their last pair against Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes had a three-game win streak going versus Rutgers, Penn State and IN, but lost their last outing to IL.
Ohio State's offense has gone cold recently, with the team failing to score 60 points in three of the last five contests. Against Michigan State, which certainly will be focused on stopping Andre Kaleb Wesson inside, players like Luther Muhammad (9.8 ppg), Andre Wesson (9.0 ppg), and Duane Washington Jr.
Nick Ward is out and someone needs to step up to fill the void.
The Spartans are now 21-5 on the season and 12-3 in conference play, setting up a monster matchup a week from Sunday against in-state foe MI.
The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans will meet up on the college basketball circuit Sunday. The 6-6 forward has been one of the most valuable members of Izzo's rotation at the 3, but he may need to play more 4 in smaller lineups. His left hand and wrist were wrapped up and he played just a few minutes in the second half before being forced to sit out. The under is 7-3 in the Buckeyes' last 10 overall, 5-0 in their last five on the road, 6-0 in their last six on the road against opponents with winning home records, and 7-3 in their last 10 against the Big Ten.
Meanwhile, the Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 versus the Big Ten.
Ohio State has scored 55 and 56 points in its two most recent outings-and those came against opponents much worse defensively than Michigan State.