The Michigan State Spartans (15-3) and Michigan Wolverines (14-4) will meet up in a Big Ten Conference matchup Tuesday night inside the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.
Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Wolverines
Michigan State is 4-1 in true road games this season and will look to bounce back from an 81-74 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats as five-point road favorites. The Spartans are holding road opponents to 37.9 percent shooting from the field, including just 30 percent from beyond the arc. Senior forward Draymond Green has also played a major part in the team’s success, averaging a team-high 15.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He has actually scored 17.2 points per game versus ranked opponents this year.
The Spartans have really stepped up their game from the perimeter over the last 12 games, connecting on 43.9 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. There’s no question that it’s become a strength of the team after hitting just 26.9 percent of those shots in the first six games of the season. Michigan State has won 18 of the last 23 meetings in this particular series and has registered an 18-10 mark during the Tom Izzo era.
Michigan has split its last four games and failed to cover the last two including a 75-59 defeat to the Iowa Hawkeyes as 2.5-point road favorites. The Wolverines will need to put that contest behind them in facing a red-hot Spartans squad Tuesday night. “They come out swinging,” stated Wolverines forward Zack Novak. “We’re going to come out swinging too.” Novak is one of four starters that average at least 9.3 points per game, as the group is led by Tim Hardaway Jr., who comes in averaging 15.7 points per game.
The Wolverines have tallied a perfect 11-0 mark at home this season and have won their last 12 games inside the Crisler Center. Michigan has responded after each loss this season, winning the next game by an average of 14.6 points per game. The team has posted two wins over ranked opponents this year, registering a 73-61 win over the Memphis Tigers in the Maui Invitational and 59-41 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers. It’s highly doubtful that the Wolverines reach the 80-point mark in this contest, but they are 18-0 when doing so during the John Beilein era.
Recommendation: Michigan Wolverines +2
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