Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Wolverines – NCAAM March 4

7 p.m. ET – Michigan State at No.2 Michigan (-12) O/U:140.5

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Michigan State +12 (-115) +530 O 140½ (-110)
Michigan -12 (-105) -760 U 140½ (-110)

The 14-10 Spartans travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan on Thursday night to take on the 18-2 Wolverines in a battle of in-state Big Ten conference rivals. Michigan State completed the season sweep of Indiana on Tuesday night with a 64-58 win. Michigan suffered its second loss of the season on Tuesday in surprising blowout fashion at home to Illinois, 76-53. These two teams are closing out their regular seasons with two consecutive games against one another over the final four days.

Michigan State Spartans LogoThis is a big opportunity for the Spartans, who currently reside on the bubble of the NCAA tournament. At least splitting the two upcoming tests against the highly ranked Wolverines could go a long way toward solidifying Michigan State’s NCAA tournament chances. Michigan State is led by guard Aaron Henry, who leads the team at 15.4 points per game.

Henry has had over 20 points in three of his last five games and the Spartans will need a big game from him if they want any chance of pulling off the massive upset Thursday night.

Michigan Wolverines LogoMichigan is led by center Hunter Dickinson, who averages 14.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The 7-foot-2, 255-pound Dickinson is typically a mismatch for opposing defenses. However, last time out Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn held Dickinson to six points on 1-of-8 from the field.

Expect Dickinson to be highly motivated to erase that memory en route to a monster game against the Spartans.

Michigan has been favored in all 20 games they have played this season, and they own an impressive 15-5 record against the spread. While it’s true that Michigan State has played better basketball as of late, the Spartans are just 8-16 against the spread this season.

Please Note:
The Wolverines are a top-three team in the country for a reason. What happened to them last Tuesday night against Illinois happens occasionally even to the best of teams. Great college basketball teams bounce back from poor performances and Michigan is a great basketball team. The Wolverines are no stranger to blowing teams out, either. They are 6-1 against the spread as double-digit favorites. Take Michigan to win big and cover the spread at home against the in-state rival Spartans.
The Bets
Michigan -12

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