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Wisconsin vs. Michigan State - 1/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State Spartans (16-2) at Wisconsin Badgers (9-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm (Kohl Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers meet Sunday at the Kohl Center.

The Michigan State Spartans have lost back-to-back games just twice since last season. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 79.1 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 61.9 points on 36.4 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 17.6 points and 6.7 assists while Bryn Forbes is averaging 13.7 points and 2.4 rebounds. Eron Harris is dishing 2.1 assists and Matt Costello is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. Michigan State is allowing 27.7 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 9.3 turnovers per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won eight of their last 10 road games.

Wisconsin vs. Michigan State - 1/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wisconsin Badgers need a big victory after losing four of their last five games. The Wisconsin Badgers are averaging 68.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 64.2 points on 43 percent shooting. Nigel Hayes is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 assists while Bronson Koenig is averaging 13.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Ethan Happ is the third double-digit scorer and Vitto Brown is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Wisconsin Badgers are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. Wisconsin is allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12 turnovers per game. The Wisconsin Badgers have won 15 of their last 20 home games.

The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss. The Badgers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Wisconsin and 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.

Wisconsin is a team that's getting closer and closer to breaking through, as there have been countless close losses this season. Not sure the Badgers win this, but it should be close enough to where the points come in handy. 

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