Michigan St. Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines
The Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines face off on Tuesday in East Lansing in a Big Ten college basketball rivalry game. The Spartans are -1 point favorites over the Wolverines with an over/under point total set at 132.
The Michigan State Spartans continue to just get it done and they are now in first place in the Big Ten conference standings. MSU is 9-2 in the Big 10, 14-0 at home this season, and 3-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. As a team Michigan State is averaging 69.7 points, 13.8 assists, and they are shooting 46.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.2 points, 11.1 assists, and their opponents are shooting 39 percent. Keith Appling is averaging 14.1 points, Gary Harris is averaging 12.7 points, Branden Dawson is averaging 10.9 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Adreian Payne is averaging 9.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Michigan State uses the same system Tom Izzo seems to use every year and it is just as effective as it has ever been.
The Michigan Wolverines have reached as high as the number one ranking this season but since then they have lost two of their last three games. Michigan is 8-3 in the Big Ten, 4-3 on the road this season, and 4-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. As a team Michigan is averaging 77 points, 15.3 assists, and they are shooting 49.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.4 points, 12.3 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Trey Burke is averaging 18.2 points and 7.1 assists, Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 16 points, Nik Stauskas is averaging 12.2 points, and Glenn Robinson III is averaging 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. This is Michigan’s third road game in their last four games.
Michigan State is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six Big Ten games, 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games following a win, and 4-1-1against the spread against a team with a winning record. Michigan is 19-9-1 against the spread in their last 29 road games, 29-14-1 against the spread in their last 44 Big Ten games, and 31-14-1 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage better than .600. The home team has covered in five of the last six meetings of these two.
The total is set at 132 and expect a war that stays under that number.