Betting the Michigan State Spartans vs Michigan Wolverines Game
The Michigan Wolverines host the #10 Michigan State Spartans in a Big 12 rivalry game this Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is at 2:00pm Eastern time. The Wolverines are coming off a home loss to #22 Indiana on Tuesday, by the score of 80-67. Michigan State is coming off a 34-point shellacking of Rutgers at home. Click here to view our NCAAB betting lines.
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Betting the Spartans vs Wolverines Game
Date: February 6, 2016
Time: 2:00pm ET
Venue: Crisler Center
TV: FOX Sports
Why should you bet on Michigan?
The Spartans will still be without their point guard, Tum Tum Nairn. He has missed five games in a row with a nagging case of plantar fasciitis and is likely to miss this one too. This is the sort of lingering injury that remains day-to-day. Even though Michigan is unranked, they are right in the middle of the Big Ten conference race, and they are looking for a spot in the NCAA tournament despite their slow start to the season. Because of the staggered schedule in the Big Ten, these in-state rivals only meet once this season, so this is the Wolverines’ only shot to get the Spartans on their season resume. Despite some disappointing losses early on, Michigan has had a strong record in conference play and will be ready for the Spartans on Saturday.
Why should you take the Spartans?
A game like the Rutgers rout tells you a lot about a team’s focus. Rutgers is down among the dregs of the Big Ten standings this season, but Michigan State never let off the gas. They knocked down 17 three-point shots in the game to tie a school record. Bryn Forbes put up 18 points, all in the first half, and Denzel Valentine added 20. The Spartans were only up 11 points at halftime, but they turned the game into a rout. The game before that, they went 16 for 26 from downtown as they routed Northwestern. So this is a team hitting its peak as far as shooting goes, and you can expect their focus to remain firmly in place as they take on one of their biggest rivals in their only meeting of the season. If you’re worried about the impact that all this shooting will have on ball distribution, check this stat out: the Spartans logged 28 assists on their 33 field goals, so they are patiently waiting for the open shot. The fact that Michigan State beat Rutgers 33-2 on second chance points shows you their commitment to rebounding.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Michigan will be primed for this rivalry game, and you can expect them to pull out all the stops. However, Michigan State has been winning big games all season long. They held off Maryland in a recent test and have been rolling over the lower opposition in the Big Ten in the meantime. I like them to make a statement for their own NCAA tournament resume by knocking off the Wolverines, 86-76.