Kentucky vs. Michigan St. Pick
Two ranked teams collide in New York when No. 2 Kentucky faces No. 13 Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic at 7PM ET.
These two meet from Madison Square Garden in New York. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Kentucky is favored in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -8 points against Michigan State. An over/under total for the game has not been set. Michigan State has won four of the last five meetings with Kentucky, while the Spartans are 2-1-1 against the spread in the last four lined meetings.
Michigan State opened the season with a 65-63 loss to Arizona in Hawaii on Friday. The Spartans are working in a very young team this year and don’t have a lot of size. In Friday’s loss they had just nine free-throw attempts and were 25-of-58 shooting. Arizona, on the other hand, had 27 free-throw attempts. Freshman Miles Bridges was the bright spot for the team as he had 21 points and seven rebounds.
Kentucky has already played a pair of games, beating Stephen F. Austin 87-64 and Canisius 93-69. They are 1-1 against the spread in the two games. The Wildcats are young, as usual, but they have plenty of size to work with. Isaiah Briscoe is averaging 19 points and 3 rebounds per game to lead the team while De’Aaron Fox is putting up 16.5 points and 7.5 assists per game. Briscoe is a sophomore while Fox is a freshman.
Michigan State has the potential to be good, but they are young and small. The Spartans likely won’t hit their stride until late in the season. While Kentucky is young, they have size that should pose plenty of problems for the Spartans. Look for that to be the big factor in allowing Kentucky to win and cover.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: KENTUCKY -8