Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan St. Spartans
The Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans meet in an in-state and conference rivalry game on Tuesday Night. The Spartans are -2 point favorites over the Wolverines with an over/under point total set at 133.
The Michigan Wolverines have played some solid basketball this season but even so John Beilein’s team is looking to rebound form a double digit stomping at the hands of Iowa. Michigan is all alone in third place in the Big Ten and are a perfect 11-0 at home this season but they are 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.7 points, Trey Burke is averaging 14.3 points and 4.3 assists, and Zack Novak and Evan Smotrycz are both averaging 9.3 points per game. As a team Michigan is averaging 69.3 points and they are shooting 46.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. The Wolverines have been razor sharp at home and still are looking like they are getting better.
The Michigan State Spartans had their 15 game winning streak ended on Saturday at Northwestern but bouncing back this season is nothing new to the Spartans who started the season 0-2. MSU is 4-1 on the road this season, 4-1 in Big Ten play, and 2-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Draymond Green is averaging 15.8 points and 9.9 rebounds, Keith Appling is averaging 12.9 points, and Brandon Wood is averaging 10.1 points. As a team Michigan State is averaging 76.7 points, 40.7 offensive rebounds, and they are shooting 47.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.8 points and their opponents are shooting 38 percent. Michigan State traditionally plays the toughest schedule in the nation and this season is no different.
Michigan is 15-4 against the spread in their last 19 Big Ten games, 6-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, and 22-8 against the spread in their last 30 games overall. Michigan State is 4-0 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against the Big Ten. The home team is 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 meetings of these two.
The total in this one is at 133 and I see it as very close but this one should go over the number.