Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/23/14
Michigan State Spartans (22-5) at Michigan Wolverines (18-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Crisler Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -3.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans face off on Sunday in Ann Arbor in a Big Ten college basketball rivalry rematch.
The Michigan Wolverines have lost three of their last five games but they are the 20th ranked team in the nation. Michigan is 10-3 in the Big Ten, 10-2 at home this season, and 4-5 against teams ranked in the top 25. Nik Stauskas continues to lead the Wolverines in scoring averaging 16.7 points per game. Caris LeVert is averaging 13 points, Glenn Robinson III is averaging 12.8 points, and Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 8.4 points. Michigan is averaging 75 points and they are shooting 47.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.8 and their opponents are shooting 43.6 percent. Michigan is looking to sweep the season series against the Spartans.
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The Michigan State Spartans have won three of their last five games and they sit atop the Big Ten standings. Michigan is 11-2 away from home, 11-3 in the Big 10, and 4-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Gary Harris is leading the Spartans in scoring averaging 17.8 points per game. Adreian Payne is averaging 16.6 points and 7.5 rebounds, Keith Appling is averaging 13.9 points, and Denzel Valentine is averaging 8.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. Michigan State is averaging 77.6 points and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.3 points and their opponents are shooting 39.1 percent. Michigan State is ranked 13th in the nation.
Michigan is 5-1-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record. Michigan State is 8-1 against the spread in their last nine road games, 5-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 1-4 against the spread following a win. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
My free pick in this game will be on the total and I I like theunder in a physical game. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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