The Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans are both virtual locks to make it to the NCAA National Tournament, and both are priced at +1200 to win the 2019 national championship, but that in no way will diminish their motivation to beat each other up in the Big Ten title game this Sunday in Windy City. Who will prevail and take home the conference’s tournament title?
Betting Preview for the Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans College Basketball Game on March 17, 2019
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
When: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Michigan Wolverines (28-5 Overall / 15-5 Conference)
The Wolverines are headed to the Big Ten title game. That’s after a sensational win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday, 76-49. The Wolverines started that game like a house on fire, taking a 19-point lead into the half. They finished the game with a 51.6 field goal shooting percentage and a 10-for-26 line from behind the arc. Michigan’s defense has flashed it’s mighty form in the conference tournament, as the Wolverines have not allowed more than 53 points in each of their last two games. They will have to sustain that this Sunday if they want to take down the Spartans. Michigan lost twice to the Spartans in the regular season, and in both losses allowed an average of 76.0 points. That’s not what Michigan’s defense is about this season. The Wolverines finished the regular season second in the nation with just 58.7 points allowed per game.
Michigan is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last four games.
Betting on the Michigan State Spartans (27-6 Overall / 16-4 Conference)
The Spartans put on a show on Saturday, beating the Wisconsin Badgers in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, 67-55. The win set Michigan State up for a chance to have a 3-0 SU record against the Wolverines this season. In other words, the Spartans have the psychological advantage over Michigan. They beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Feb. 24, 77-70 and repeated the feat in East Lansing on Mar. 9 with a 75-63 victory. The Spartans gave Michigan a dose of its own medicine by limiting Michigan State to shoot no better than 40.3 percent in either games. Point guard Cassius Winston is without a doubt the player to watch for Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. The do-it-all court general has averaged 25.0 points in the two meetings with Michigan this season. He’s also riding a wave of momentum right now, as he churned out 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting in the Wisconsin game.
Michigan State is 3-1 ATS in its last four games.
Michigan State wins, 69-67.
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