Wisconsin vs. Michigan St. Pick
Can Michigan State pick up a much-needed win at home today when it hosts No. 16 Wisconsin at 4PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Wisconsin is favored on the road, as the Badgers are getting odds of -2 points against the Spartans. The over/under total for the game is listed at 130 points. These two haven’t met this season, but Wisconsin has won three of the last four in the series. The Spartans are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 against Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is in a bit of a funk, losing three of their last four games, including their last two on the road. The Badgers are now 22-6 on the season and 11-4 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is only 1-5 against the spread in its last six games and now 12-13 against the spread on the season. The Badgers are averaging 73.1 points per game on offense this season while allowing just 61.3 on defense. When on the road, the Badgers score only 69.6 on offense while giving up 70.2 on defense. Ethan Happ is averaging 14.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game to lead the team while Nigel Hayes is adding 13.4 points and 6 rebounds per contest.
Michigan State is coming off an 88-72 win over Nebraska at home. The Spartans are now 17-11 overall and 9-6 in the Big Ten, but could use a win over a ranked opponent to strengthen its NCAA Tournament resume. MSU is 14-13 against the spread on the season and 9-5 ATS at home. MSU is averaging 72 points per game on offense this season while allowing 69 on defense. At home, the Spartans score 77.1 on offense while giving up 65.7 on defense. The team is led by a pair of freshmen. Miles Bridges is averaging 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while Nick Ward is averaging 13.1 points and 5.9 boards per contest.
MSU has been a hard team to count on but it has won four straight at home and now hosts a struggling Wisconsin team. The Badgers have lost two straight on the road and been in OT in three of four prior to that. Michigan State needs this game, so expect the Spartans to play their best and find a way to hold off the Badgers.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE +2