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Illinois vs. Michigan State - 2/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Michigan State at Illinois
Date & Time Tuesday February 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
State Farm Center
Champaign, Illinois
The Line
Illinois Fighting Illini +10 O/U: 148.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Michigan State at Illinois
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The Michigan State Spartans and the Illinois Fighting Illini will meet up on the college basketball court Tuesday.

Michigan State enters this one with an 18-4 mark on the year. Following a lengthy winning streak that dated back to November, the Spartans have dropped their last two outings to Purdue and Indiana.

In the OT loss to the Hoosiers, Michigan State’s top scorer was Cassius Winston with 26 points, seven assists and eight rebounds. Xavier Tillman added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Spartans in that one and Kenny Goins had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Over on the Illinois side, they’re 7-15 this season. The Illini are 2-2 in the last four games, falling to Wisconsin and Minnesota alongside wins versus Maryland and Nebraska.

In the win over the Cornhuskers, Illinois’ Kipper Nichols led the team on 18 points, six rebounds and two assists. Ayo Dosunmu added 13 points for the Illini there, and Trent Frazier chipped in 11 more.

The Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 versus the Big Ten. Michigan State is 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 overall.

Meanwhile, the Illini are 8-18-2 ATS in their last 28 Tuesday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games. Illinois is 2-6 ATS in their last eight after a straight-up win and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 after an ATS win.

Michigan State really needs a convincing outing here following their dud against the Hoosiers, who were on their tail the entire night and wouldn’t go away—not to mention their uninspiring 73-63 loss to Purdue.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, Illinois isn’t quite the punching bag they were earlier in the season. Michigan State will in all likelihood win this game, but a double-digit line is a little much. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m taking Illinois to cover.

Pick:
Illinois Fighting Illini +10

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