College Basketball Predictions: Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Sunday, 2/9/14, 1:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Wisconsin -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Wisconsin -3.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Michigan State Spartans are 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings with the Wisconsin Badgers
The Michigan State Spartans are 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings with the Wisconsin Badgers

Michigan State has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it looks to build off a 82-67 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions as 13.5-point home favorites Thursday, while going OVER the betting total of 140.5.  The home team has won 14 of the last 16 games in this series, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions, but the Spartans have won their last two trips to Madison by a combined five points.  Sophomore Gary Harris will need to have a big game, as he’d averaging a combined 18.2 points a contest.  Michigan State is 4-0 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Spartans have used 12 different starting lineups in the last 18 games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  In its five Big Ten Conference road wins, Michigan State is holding opponents to 36.5 percent shooting from the field.  The program is 10-1 SU away from home this season, including 6-0 on an opponent’s home court.  The squad is averaging 11.3 turnovers per game—a number that would shatter the fewest miscues during the Tom Izzo era.

Wisconsin looks to snap a rare home drought and post its fourth top-25 win of the 2013-14 campaign, as it looks to continue its best offensive season of the Bo Ryan era.  The Badgers are averaging 73.6 points per game, while ranking second in the Big Ten in averaging 1.19 points per possession.  Six different players have led the squad in scoring in at least two games this season, with five averaging double-digit points during conference play.  Wisconsin is 1-3 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Badgers are 33-12 SU at home against ranked teams under Ryan, including a 9-5 mark at the Kohl Center versus AP top-10 foes.  Wisconsin has compiled a 13-11 SU record in its last 24 games in this series, but Michigan State has captured the last five meetings.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spartans due to their 5-0 ATS mark in the last five meetings in this rivalry.

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