Spartans vs. Wolverines Prediction
First place in the Big Ten Conference standings is on the line today in a rivalry game as the 10th-ranked Michigan State Spartans play at the seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines. Can U-M protect its home court and walk away with a big win?
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Crisler Arena at 3:45PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Wolverines are a 4-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 131 points. As of Sunday morning, 83 percent of public bets are being placed on host Michigan. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Spartans record fourth straight win
Michigan State earned a 71-60 home victory Wednesday night over Rutgers to improve to 22-5 overall and 13-3 in the Big Ten. The Spartans outscored the Scarlet Knights 46-28 in the second half after a lackluster first half. Michigan State shot 22-of-55 from the floor, 7-of-20 from 3-point range plus 20-of-22 at the free throw line. Cassius Winston led the way with 28 points on 8-of-17 shooting including 3-of-8 from 3-point range plus 9-of-10 at the free throw line. He also notched eight assists and five rebounds. Xavier Tillman tallied 19 points and 10 boards. Matt McQuaid added 11 points, five caroms and two assists.
Wolverines take down Golden Gophers
Michigan earned a 69-60 victory at Minnesota to move to 24-3 overall and 13-3 in conference action. The Wolverines led 28-18 at halftime and continued to hold off the Golden Gophers after the break. Michigan shot 25-of-57 from the field, 13-of-28 from 3-point distance and 6-of-11 at the free throw line. Jordan Poole paced the Wolverines with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting including 5-of-10 from 3-point range plus 1-of-4 at the charity stripe. He also grabbed two rebounds. Jon Teske notched 17 points, seven rebounds, five blocked shots and two assists. Ignas Brazdeikis added 10 points and three boards.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Spartans are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games. Michigan State is 19-7 ATS in its last 26 games overall.
The Wolverines are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games. Michigan is 38-16-1 ATS in its last 55 Big Ten games.
This one is definitely going to be emotionally charged and fun to watch. Even with the Spartans dealing with a couple injuries, their depth is doing a good job covering that up with guys like Tillman and McQuaid stepping up. With how MSU has responded lately, I could see it stealing one on the road here. Michigan State is top eight nationally in both adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency, while the Wolverines are ranked second in adjusted defensive deficiency. But U-M hangs behind a bit offensively, ranked 33rd, and it could be the difference here as the Spartans might be the more complete team this season. Time will tell and we’re in for a great game here, but I’m taking the points with the Spartans.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS +4