Michigan State vs. Michigan - 2/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan Wolverines (13-8) at Michigan State Spartans (14-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans play Sunday at the Breslin Center.
The Michigan Wolverines hope to keep things rolling after winning five of their last seven games. On the season, Michigan is averaging 63.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting and is allowing 60.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Zak Irvin is averaging 13.6 points and 4.3 rebounds while Ricky Doyle is averaging 6.6 points and three rebounds. Spike Albrecht is dishing 3.4 assists and Max Bielfeldt is shooting 50.8 percent from the field. The Michigan Wolverines have seven players averaging at least four points, and they’re shooting 74.8 percent from the line and 35.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 33.2 percent from deep and has given up 69 or less points in four straight games. Derrick Walton Jr. is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Michigan State Spartans have split their last four games and return from a three-game road trip. On the season, MSU is averaging 73.5 points on 47.5 percent shooting and is allowing 62.1 points and 38.2 percent shooting. Travis Trice is averaging 14 points and 5.5 assists while Denzel Valentine is averaging 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds. Branden Dawson is grabbing 10.1 rebounds and Bryn Forbes is shooting 50 percent from the field. The Michigan State Spartans have seven players averaging at least 5.4 points, and they’re shooting 63.1 percent from the line and 39.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 61 or less points in four of its last seven games.
The Wolverines are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The Spartans are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten. The under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
The Michigan Wolverines have shown a lot of heart recently even with the loss of their top player. MSU has been hit and miss almost all season long and 10 points is just just too much to lay in a rivalry game. I'm taking Michigan and the free buckets.