Kansas vs. Michigan State Prediction
The State Farm Champions Classic tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN when No. 3 Kansas takes on Michigan State at Madison Square Garden. Will the Jayhawks cover as a slight favorite?
625 Kansas Jayhawks (-4) vs. 626 Michigan State Spartans (+4); o/u 143.5
7:00 p.m. ET, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Kansas Jayhawks DFS Snapshot
Remy Martin notched 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four assists, two rebounds, and a steal in the exhibition game against Emporia State. Martin actually did not start for some reason. Chris Teahan got the start, but played less than seven minutes. With Jalen Wilson out for the first three games, it's likely that either Dajuan Harris or Joseph Yesufu starts along Martin in the backcourt when the season begins. Martin will bring a dynamic scoring punch at the point guard position that Kansas hasn't had since Devonte Graham a few years ago.
Michigan State Spartans DFS Snapshot
Max Christie started and had 17 points (5-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four rebounds and three steals across 19 minutes in Wednesday's 92-58 exhibition victory over Ferris State. Christie was thought to be one of few locked-in starters as of mid-October, and Tom Izzo followed through with that Wednesday. Not only did the 6-6 freshman start, but he was second on the team in scoring to likely 2021-22 leading scorer Gabe Brown. It's not often Izzo turns to a freshman this early, but losses at the wings last season will almost inevitably result in the five-star recruit seeing plenty of action.
College Basketball Betting Prediction
The favorite has cashed in five of the last seven meetings between these two teams, while the Jayhawks are 7-3-1 against the number in their last 11 games overall and are 10-4 at the betting window in their last 14 neutral site games as a favorite. On the other side, the Spartans are 7-19 against the spread in their last 25 games overall and are 1-7 at the betting window in their last eight neutral site games.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL BETTING PREDICTION: KANSAS JAYHAWKS -4