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Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/25/14

Michigan Wolverines (14-4) at Michigan State Spartans (18-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Breslin Center)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines face off on Saturday in East Lansing in a Big Ten college basketball rivalry game.

The Michigan State Spartans are 7-0 in the Big Ten thus far this season and with just one loss overall they are ranked third in the nation. MSU is 9-1 at home this season and they have played the 31st ranked schedule with five wins over teams with a RPI better than 50. Gary Harris leads the Spartans averaging 18.3 points per game. Adreian Payne is averaging 16.2 points and 7.7 rebounds, Keith Appling is averaging 15.6 points, and Branden Dawson is averaging 10.2 points and 8.7 rebounds but he will be out about a month after breaking his hand in an off the court incident. Michigan State is averaging 79.9 points and they are shooting 47.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.9 points and their opponents are shooting 37.9 percent. Michigan State plays three of their next four games on the road.

Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/25/14

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The Michigan Wolverines are playing their best basketball of the season and have reeled off six wins in a row to start their Big 10 schedule. Michigan is 6-3 away from home and 2-3 against teams ranked in the top 25. Nik Stauskas leads the Wolverines averaging 18.5 points per game. Glenn Robinson III is averaging 13.9 points, Caris LaVert is averaging 11.6 points, and Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 7.7 points. Michigan is averaging 77.2 points and they are shooting 48.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 43.1 percent shooting against. Michigan has climbed back into the rankings at 21 and with their win over ranked Iowa last time out they should remain in the rankings regardless of the result here.

Michigan State is 8-2 against the spread following a win, 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games, and 5-2 against the spread against the Big Ten. Michigan is 6-1-1 against the spread in their last eight games, 5-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 6-1 against the spread following a win. The home team has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.

I will have two free picks in this one and my first will be on the total so check back shortly after the totals are posted and I will update this with this my free pick. My second Free Pick will be who will cover the spread and I will give that pick out 100 percent free as the first pick on Saturday’s 1stQuarter Podcast

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