There are now zero undefeated teams in the conference play in the Big Ten after the recent setback of the Michigan State Spartans (+900 to win the national title). That said, the Spartans are still viewed as the best team in the Big Ten. As for the Wisconsin Badgers (+5000), they are always a threat to any team ,so expect an intriguing battle in East Lansing this coming Friday.
*Stats and records used in this preview are accurate as of Jan. 14, 2020.
Betting Preview for the Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan State Spartans NCAA College Basketball Game on January 17 2020
Where: Breslin Center, East Lansing
When: Friday, January 17, 2020, 7:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Wisconsin Badgers (10-6 Overall / 3-2 Conference)
The Badgers rebounded from a bad 712-70 home loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini by taking down the Penn State Nittany Lions on the road, 58-49, last Saturday. Micah Potter was the brightest player of that game, as he delivered 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field with four 3-pointers and also had 13 rebounds in 27 minutes of action off the bench. The Badgers, however, are far from a one-man show this season. In fact, each of their starters are averaging at least 8.5 points per game. Forward Nate Reuvers, who only had four points against Penn State, leads the team with 13.7 points per outing. But that’s the thing for Wisconsin. Anyone can take the lead role on any given night and satisfactory individual production from top to bottom of the roster.
The Badgers, who are allowing just 60.2 points per game and have a date at home Tuesday against the Maryland Terrapins, are 3-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last three away contests.
Betting on the Michigan State Spartans (13-4 Overall / 5-1 Conference)
The Spartans tasted their first defeat in conference play and saw their eight-game win streak end at the same time with a shocking 71-42 road loss to the Purdue Boilermakers last Sunday. The Spartans felt the wrath of Purdue’s defense in this game. Cassius Winston, one of the best players in the nation, scored 10 points and had five assists, but also turned the ball over nine times. The Spartans as a whole committed 18 errors and shot just 35.3 percent from the field. But Michigan State remains as a dangerous offensive team. The Spartans are averaging 78.9 points per game while complementing it with a defense that surrenders just 64.1 points per outing. Michigan State can expect Wisconsin to purposely slow the game down, as it’s a slow-tempo team, but that’s not easy to do for the Badgers against the Spartans who are third in the nation in rebonding with 42.8 boards per contest.
The Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games.
Michigan State wins, 71-64.
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