Wisconsin vs. Michigan State - 3/15/15 Big Ten Championship Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (22-10) at Wisconsin
College Basketball: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Wisconsin -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers meet Sunday in the Big Ten Championship.
The Michigan State Spartans need one more win after beating Maryland on Saturday. On the season, MSU is averaging 72.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 63.1 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Travis Trice is averaging 14.9 points and 5.3 assists while Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. Branden Dawson is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Costello is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans have four players averaging at least 8.8 points, and they’re shooting 62.7 percent from the line and 38.8 percent from deep. Defensively, MSU is allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five of its last eight games.
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The Wisconsin Badgers look to build on their five-game winning streak. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 71.6 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 55.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 18.4 points and 8.2 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 13.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third double-digit scorer and Bronson Koenig is dishing 2.2 assists. The Wisconsin Badgers have five players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 75.7 percent from the line and 35.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Wisky is allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in 11 straight games.
The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Badgers are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 neutral site games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Spartans are 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
I always take MSU and free points com tournament time, simply because Izzo is a hell of a coach, and this Spartans team knows how to win. Also, Wisky has been so shaky ATS all season. Look for the Spartans to cover and even possibly win outright.