Spartans vs. Fighting Illini Prediction
The Michigan State Spartans have fallen out of the top 25 and are on the road tonight at the 22nd-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini. Will MSU reverse its fortunes as the small favorites?
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
State Farm Center at 9PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Spartans are a 2-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 141.5 points. As of Tuesday morning, 58 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Michigan State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Spartans lose third straight
Michigan State lost 77-68 at rival Michigan Saturday afternoon to drop to 16-8 overall and 8-5 in Big Ten Conference play. The Spartans trailed 29-23 at halftime and were unable to recover. Cassius Winston paced MSU with 20 points on 5-of-18 shooting including 3-of-8 from 3-point distance plus 7-of-7 at the free throw line. He also accounted for six assists, four rebounds and two assists. Xavier Tillman registered 17 points, 12 boards, two steals and two blocked shots. Aaron Henry added 11 points, nine caroms and two steals.
Fighting Illini fall to Terrapins
Illinois lost 75-66 at home Friday night versus Maryland to drop to 16-7 overall and 8-4 in conference action. The Fighting Illini were outscored 35-24 in the second half after leading by two at the break. Ayo Dosunmu led Illinois with 16 points on 5-of-17 shooting including 1-of-6 from 3-point range plus 5-of-8 at the charity stripe. He also notched five rebounds and four assists. Andres Feliz added 12 points and seven boards off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Spartans are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as a road favorite. Michigan State is 0-4 ATS in its last four Tuesday games.
The Fighting Illini are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
The Spartans have had a rough go of it in February, dropping all three of their games. Bad first halfs have been a major culprit, while poor shooting from Winston and not a lot of help around him aside from Tillman have been other factors. Michigan State will likely get it figured out as it almost always seems to do in the last month of the season, but right now I'd rather side with an Illinois squad that has also dropped two in a row and sees the importance of this contest. Michigan State blasted Illinois in East Lansing and this is a revenge spot for the Fighting Illini.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI +2