Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan State Spartans Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/9/14
Michigan State Spartans (20-3) at Wisconsin Badgers (18-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Kohl Center)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans face off on Sunday in Madison in Big Ten college basketball.
The Wisconsin Badgers are coming off of a win but they have lost five of their last seven games. Wisconsin is 5-5 in the Big Ten, 10-3 at home this season, and in fifth place in the Big 10 standings. Sam Dekker leads the Badgers averaging 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 12.4 points and 6.0 rebounds, Traevon Jackson is Jackson is averaging 11 points, and Ben Brust is averaging 13.3 points. As a team Wisconsin is averaging 73.6 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. Wisconsin is 4-1 against teams ranked in the top 25.
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The Michigan State Spartans have won two of their last three games and they are in first place in the Big Ten. Michigan State is 9-1 in the Big 10 and 10-1 away from home this season. Gary Harris leads the Spartans averaging 18.1 points per game. Keith Appling is averaging 15 points, Denzel Valentine is averaging 7.8 points and 6.2 rebounds, and Travis Trice is averaging 6.6 points. Michigan State is averaging 78.5 points and they are shooting 47.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 65 points and their opponents are shooting 38.3 percent. Michigan State has Adreian Payne back and his 15.9 points and 7.4 per game.
Wisconsin is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four Sunday games. Michigan State is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games, 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games, and 5-2 against the spread against the Big Ten. The favorite has covered the point spread in seven of the last 10 meetings of these two.
My free pick in this game will be on the total so please check back shortly after the totals are released and I will update this with my free pick. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and I will post that pick in the Premium Area as well as on the App.