Michigan State vs. Wisconsin - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (16-9) at Michigan State Spartans (21-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans meet Thursday night at the Breslin Center.
The Wisconsin Badgers look to build on their impressive seven-game winning streak. The Wisconsin Badgers are averaging 69.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 64.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Nigel Hayes is averaging 17.1 points and 5.8 rebounds while Bronson Koenig is averaging 13.4 points and 2.3 assists. Ethan Happ is the third double-digit scorer and Vitto Brown is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Wisconsin Badgers are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Badgers are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Wisconsin Badgers have won three straight road games.
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The Michigan State Spartans look for another win after winning six of their last 10 games. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 79.8 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 63.8 points on 37.3 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 19.5 points and 7.1 assists while Bryn Forbes is averaging 14 points and 2.1 rebounds. Matt Costello is the third double-digit scorer and Eron Harris is dishing 2.1 assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Spartans are allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won 16 of their last 20 home games.
The Badgers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Badgers are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Michigan State and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
Michigan State is the better team, but Wisconsin has figured something out that has produced an impressive seven-game winning streak. The Badgers have also beaten the Spartans in three straight games. I'm taking the points.