Michigan State vs. Michigan - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan Wolverines (14-4) at Michigan State Spartans (16-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Up at Breslin Center on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans will be meeting up on the college basketball court.
Michigan comes into this one with a 14-4 record overall. The Wolverines had a seven-game win streak going but fell in their last outing versus Purdue. In that one, Michigan’s Zavier Simpson led the way on 15 points.
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On the season, Charles Matthews is the leading Michigan scorer with 15.6 PPG and 5.1 RPG. Also in double-figures for the Wolverines are Mortiz Wagner (13.9 PPG; 7.1 RPG) and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (10.8 PPG; 4.4 RPG).
Over on the Michigan State side, they’re currently 16-2 on the season. The Spartans fell to Ohio State earlier this month but won their last outing in OT against Rutgers. In that one, Michigan State forward Nick Ward put up 17 points.
Miles Bridges is the lead scorer for the Spartans with 16.5 PPG and 7.5 RPG, while Ward has 14.8 PPG and 7.7 RPG. Also in double-figures for Michigan State are Joshua Langford (13.8 PPG), Cassius Winston (12.8 PPG) and Jaren Jackson (11.1 PPG; 6.4 RPG).
The Wolverines are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 versus the Big Ten and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. Michigan is also 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven Saturday games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 road games.
Meanwhile, the Spartans are 5-1 ATS in the last six games following a straight-up win and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games. Michigan State is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.
Michigan could easily have extended their win streak, but let one slip away versus the Boilermakers 70-69. Otherwise, the Wolverines have been very solid since early last month. As for Michigan State, they’ve been less than convincing in their last two games, and I think there’s an opening here. I’ll take the Wolverines to cover.