Michigan vs. Michigan State - 2/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (19-4) at Michigan Wolverines (17-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Crisler Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines +3.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans face off on Saturday in Ann Arbor in a Big Ten college basketball rivalry match up.
The Michigan Wolverines are 17-6 this season and they are coming off of a loss to Indiana that ended a four game winning streak. Michigan is averaging 76.9 points per game and they are shooting 48.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Caris LeVert leads the Wolverines averaging 17.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Duncan Robinson is averaging 12.5 points, Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 11.7 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Zak Irvin is averaging 10.8 points. Michigan is 11-2 at home and 7-3 in the Big Ten.
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The Michigan State Spartans are 19-4 this season and they have win their last three games. Michigan State is averaging 79 points per game and they are shooting 47.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 62.4 points and their opponents are shooting 36.7 percent. Denzel Valentine leads the Spartans averaging 18.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Bryn Forbes is averaging 13.6 points, Eron Harris is averaging 10 points, and Matt Costello is averaging 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. Michigan State is 4-2 on the road and 6-4 in the Big Ten.
Michigan is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, 13-4 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, and 1-5 against the spread against the Big Ten. Michigan State is 4-1 against the spread following a win, 1-5 against the spread after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game, and 13-5 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points. The road team has covered the point spread in five of the last six meetings of these two.
I can see Michigan getting sky high for this one but the difference in talent is too big for them to overcome.