Michigan State at Michigan 2012 College Basketball Predictions: The Michigan State Spartans, ranked No. 9 in the AP and ESPN/USA-Today polls, will bus down to Ann Arbor Tuesday to play No. the 20th ranked Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten men’s college basketball battle. Michigan is in a tie for second place in the league with Ohio State and trails Big Ten leaders MSU and Illinois by one game in the standings. The game will be televised on ESPN with tip-off set for 7 pm ET.
Oddsmakers offshore at online sportsbook SBGglobal.com list the Spartans as narrow 1-chalk College Basketball Odds favorites against the Wolverines who are -105 odds home underdogs. Michigan State is priced on the moneyline at -115 to win SU while the combined score (over/under) total is holding at 128.
Michigan, which is currently 14-4 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten, suffered its second Big Ten loss on Saturday at Iowa, despite double-digit efforts from freshman Trey Burke and senior Zack Novak. Following each of its previous three losses this season, Michigan has responded with a win.
Michigan State is 4-1 in true road games this season, including wins over #23 Gonzaga and #18 Wisconsin – two of the toughest places to win in the country. One of the keys to the Spartans’ road success has been their defense, holding opponents
to .379 shooting, including .300 from 3-point range. Draymond Green has elevated his play on the road, averaging 19.8 points and 10.2 rebounds, including scoring a career-high 34 points at Gonzaga.
The Wolverines have had this day on the calendar circled. The question remains, have improvements been enough to unseat the Spartans? Probably not: My Pick – Michigan State -1.
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