The No. 2 Michigan State Spartans have at least a share of the Big Ten title after beating Illinois on Tuesday, but they can have the conference championship all on their own if they beat the Wisconsin Badgers this Sunday. The Badgers, of course, want to spoil the Spartans’ party. Read on for a preview of this game below. Register to bet and wager with your pick.
Betting Preview for the Michigan State Spartans vs Wisconsin Badgers College Basketball Game on February 25, 2018
Where: Kohl Center
When: Sunday, February 25, 1:00PM EST
Line: Michigan State Spartans () vs Wisconsin Badgers () –view all NCAA Basketball lines
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Michigan State Spartans (27-3)
Whatever happens this Sunday, the Spartans are going to end the regular season as Big Ten champions. That’s after they beat the Illinois Fighting Illini on Tuesday, 81-61. Up ahead for the Spartans is a road game and rematch against Wisconsin in Madison. The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games against the Badgers.
During the Spartans’ 76-61 win in East Lansing on Jan. 26, Miles Bridges did Miles Bridges things, scoring 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field to go with seven rebound and four three-pointers. The Spartans dominated the rebounding battle, 36-28, as they should. After all, Michigan State is fourth in the nation in rebounds with 41.2 boards per contest. Wisconsin, on the other hand, gets just 31.1. Nick Ward had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks in an all-around brilliant performance, which the Spartans are expecting from him again this Sunday.
Michigan is averaging 82.6 points per game and allow just 64.8.
Betting on the Wisconsin Badgers (12-16)
The Badgers are playing in one of the slowest paces in the nation. According to KenPom, Wisconsin has the sixth slowest pace in terms of adjusted tempo. Although the Badgers were beaten the last time out by Michigan State, expect the Badgers to try to deliberately make the game look like it’s being played in a mud to keep in step with the Spartans. As usual, the Badgers will lean on Ethan Happ, who scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to go with four assists and two steals against the Spartans.
Happ paces the Badgers in points (18.0) and rebounds (8.3) while also shooting 53.2 percent from the field. Unfortunately for the team, it only has one Ethan Happ, meaning the likes of Brad Davison (11.7) and Brevin Pritzl (9.1) will have to step up, too. Davison scored just six points in the loss to Michgian, while Pritzl had 13.
Wisconsin, which is allowing just 66.5 points per game, is 6-4 ATS in its last four home games.
Michigan State wins, 74-66.
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