NCAAB Betting: Wisconsin at Michigan State Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 25, 2020 in

It’s not very often that you see a college basketball game played on Christmas Day, but with this season being played under some unique circumstances, we can’t be too surprised. College basketball fans will get an extra gift on Christmas, as they’ll get to see the #9 Wisconsin Badgers come to East Lansing , Michigan to take on the #12 Michigan State Spartans. Let’s have a look at both teams so you can set down your bets against their College Basketball odds.

NCAA Basketball Betting Analysis – #12 Wisconsin at #4 Michigan State

Badgers Looking to Stay Hot

The Wisconsin Badgers enter this one with a 7-1 record. Their one loss was a buzzer-beating tip in against Marquette. Wisconsin is one of the most experienced teams in the country, as they start five seniors. The Badgers move the ball well, and their experience has been a big factor in their early season success. Four of the Badgers starting five are averaging double figures. Micah Potter leads the way with 13.4 points per game.

Potter has been one of the main reasons for the Badgers successful start to the season. The 6’10” center is leading the team in scoring and rebounding. He is very physical, and will be a tough matchup for a Michigan State frontcourt that lacks the strong, physical defensive stopper that the Spartans have had in years past. Potter is shooting over 50% from the field, and he is a very good foul shooter, hitting 85% of his attempts from the charity stripe. If Potter has a big game on Friday, the Spartans could be in big trouble.

Izzo’s Spartans Ready

Speaking of the Spartans, they come into this one with only one loss as well. In their Big 10 opener, the Spartans went to Northwestern and were outplayed by the Wildcats. Tom Izzo called the Spartans performance one of the most inept performances that he’s ever seen from one of his teams. He vowed to make things tough on the Spartans during their days of preparation for the Wisconsin game.

Michigan State can’t afford to start the conference season 0-2, so this will be a huge game for them. As Joey Hauser has gone this season, so have the Spartans. Hauser is averaging just over 12 points and 9 rebounds per game. He injured his knee on Sunday, but all indications are that he will be ready to go on Friday. When Hauser has played well, he has elevated the rest of the Spartans’ games.

Joshua Langford hasn’t looked like his old self yet this season, and Rocket Watts and Aaron Henry have been inconsistent early in the season. When Henry plays well, and Watts plays within the flow of the offense, the Spartans can play with anyone. If Watts is forcing up shots, and Henry is being passive, that’s when things break down for Michigan State.

Pick on Christmas

Michigan State and Wisconsin are two evenly matched teams. They both play very solid defense, and they both play very physical basketball. This will be a fun one to watch. Both teams will have a little extra incentive to play well, as for the first time this season in Big 10 play, families will be allowed to attend. Both teams would love to celebrate Christmas with a big conference victory.