Michigan State Spartans (30-5) at Kansas Jayhawks (31-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 6, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -5 -- Over/Under: 156
The Michigan State Spartans and Kansas Jayhawks meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Michigan State Spartans are coming off a third straight disappointing NCAA Tournament appearance, but they’ve won no less than 29 games in four of their last seven seasons. Michigan State won’t be as talented as it was a year ago with the departures of Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr., but there’s enough experience and depth for this to be another dangerous Spartans squad. Michigan State has a great 1-2 punch in Cassius Winston and Nick Ward, a duo that combined for 25 points, 10.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists last season. Joshua Langford is a double-digit scorer who shot 40.4 percent from beyond the arc and Matt McQuaid is an experience guard who has improved his play each of the last two years. MSU all has a solid recruiting class with four-stars Marcus Bingham, Gabe Brown and Foster Loyer being added to the mix. The Michigan State Spartans The Michigan State Spartans have won 12 of their last 15 non-home games.
The Kansas Jayhawks are fresh off a Final Four appearance and are predicted by many to be the team to beat this season in terms of the national title. While Devonte' Graham can no longer be the heartbeat of the team, and Kansas lost its top-three scorers overall, the Jayhawks do return double-double man in Udoka Azubuike and a big shot maker in Lagerald Vick. That’s a duo that combined for 25.1 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season. Kansas is also bringing in arguably the best recruiting class in the country, as Quentin Grimes, Devon Dotson and David McCormack were some of the most highly recruited players. The loss of Graham does hurt considering he was the one guy capable of taking over games in crunch time when few were capable of stepping up. However, the Kansas Jayhawks will be more talented and much deeper than a year ago, making them one of the teams that will legitimately be in the thick of the national title talks all year long. The Kansas Jayhawks have won nine of their last 11 non-home games.
The Spartans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jayhawks are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 vs. Big Ten. The Spartans are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 7-2 in Spartans last 9 overall and the over is 4-0 in Jayhawks last 4 overall.
It's always tough to turn down free points with the Michigan State Spartans given how hard they play on the defensive end, but they've been known to start off slow and get better as the season goes along. The Kansas Jayhawks are loaded talent wise and have some key players from last year who will be more of a factor with Graham not around to steal the spotlight. I'll take Kansas' talent over the depth of Michigan State.