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Wisconsin vs Michigan State Basketball Picks 1-26-24

Michigan State Spartans (12-7) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (15-4)
January 26, 2024 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -2.5; Over/Under: 138.5
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The Michigan State Spartans will play the Wisconsin Badgers in a Big Ten game on Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Michigan State has won three games in a row, while Wisconsin has won eight of their last nine games. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Michigan State vs Wisconsin prediction.

Michigan State Preview

The Michigan State Spartans are 12-7 (4-4) this year after they defeated Maryland by a score of 61-59 in their last game. Michigan State led 44-32 at halftime, but only scored 17 points in the second half in the win. The Spartans shot 42% from the field and were -15 in rebounding margin in the game. Michigan State defeated Minnesota by a score of 76-66 and Rutgers by a score of 73-55 in the two games prior to Maryland. The Spartans are scoring 76.2 points per game with 36.1 rebounds per game and 17.7 assists per game, while allowing 65.2 points against per game this year. Tyson Walker is averaging 19.7 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists per game. Michigan State is shooting 47.4% from the field, 70% on free throws, and 36.2% on three pointers this season.

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Wisconsin Preview

The Wisconsin Badgers are 15-4 (7-1) this season after they defeated Minnesota by a score of 61-59 in their last game. Wisconsin led 34-24 at the half, but only scored 27 points in the second half in the win. The Badgers shot 42.6% from the field and made 7 three pointers in the game. Wisconsin defeated Indiana by a score of 91-79 in the game prior to Minnesota, but lost to Penn State before that. The Badgers are scoring 75.7 points per game with 33.9 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game, while giving up 66.9 points against per game this season. AJ Storr is averaging 15.3 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 1.1 assists per game. Wisconsin is shooting 47.5% from the field, 77.7% on free throws, and 36.1% on three pointers this year. 

Michigan State vs Wisconsin Betting Prediction

Wisconsin comes into this game with the home court advantage and they are first in the Big Ten standings, but they will play a Michigan State team that is heating up. The Spartans have won three games in a row, but did play pretty poorly in the second half against Maryland. Wisconsin struggled on the road with Minnesota, but they were able to get the win. These two teams are very similar when looking at the offensive and defensive numbers, so this game could go either way, but I am going to take Wisconsin at home. MSU has had some issues on the road this season and it is never easy to play at Wisconsin. Take the Badgers here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Wisconsin -2.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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