The No. 14 Michigan State Spartans are looking to double down on their mastery of the Michigan Wolverines this season, having defeated Juwan Howard’s team last month. The Wolverines, however, will be the home team this time around and their confidence has been buoyed up by a pair of wins recently. The Spartans and the Wolverines are +1500 and +8000 to win the national title, respectively.
Betting Preview for the Michigan State Spartans vs Michigan Wolverines NCAA College Basketball Game on February 8 2020
Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor,
When: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 12:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Michigan State Spartans (16-6 Overall / 8-3 Conference)
The Spartans got ambushed again in Big Ten play, as they suffered their third conference loss in a 64-63 road defeat to the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison last Saturday. Nevertheless, Michigan State showed some great resiliency in making a game out of what was turning out to be a blowout earlier in the contest. The Badgers were ahead by 16 points at the half then the Spartans outscored Wisconsin in the final 20 minutes, 36-21. Cassius Winson scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting while the Spartans, as a team, went 10 of 25 from behind the arc. Winston could have that same form in the rematch against Michigan, against which he dropped 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting to go with nine assists in the Spartans’ 87-69 blowout win over the Wolverines in East Lansing on Jan. 5. Michigan State also toyed with the Wolverines on the glass, winning the rebounding battle, 43-34, as they should as the fourth-best rebounding team in the nation.
The Spartans, who are pulling down 41.8 rebounds per game, have seen the total hit the under in three of their last four road contests.
Betting on the Michigan Wolverines (13-8 Overall / 4-6 Conference)
The Wolverines appear to have stopped the bleeding, as they are now on a two-game unbeaten streak. After a stretch of four winless games, the Wolverines have defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the No. 25 Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Up ahead for Michigan is a date at home with the Ohio State Buckeyes this Tuesday. Brandon Johns Jr. led the way for Michigan in the Rutgers game, scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds, while center Jon Teske had 13 points and seven boards. Teske is the focal point of Michigan’s offense. He scored 15 points in the loss to the Spartans but he could have had more if he didn’t foul out after only 24 minutes of action. Johns, meanwhile, had 12 points in that game. Johns, who’s from East Lansing, scored 36 points combined in the wins over Nebraska and Rutgers.
The Wolverines are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 home games against the Spartans.
Michigan State wins, 78-73.
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