The No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers (18-4, 9-3 Big Ten) visit the No. 17 Michigan State Spartans (17-5, 8-3) for a top-20 tussle Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich. The contest at the Breslin Center is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Wisconsin vs. Michigan State odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Wisconsin has been quite good on both sides of the ball, but UW isn’t a particularly strong shooting or field-goal stifling team. The Badgers do a lot of other things at a high level and are paced by the Big Ten’s third-leading scorer G Johnny Davis, who is averaging 20.6 points per game. UW is coming off a Saturday win over Penn State and is 3-1 over its last four games.
The Spartans play a slow-down style, but they have an efficient offense driven by top-notch perimeter shooting. Michigan State is back at home after playing four of its last five games on the road. MSU went 3-2 over those five games, the most recent was an 84-63 setback at Rutgers Saturday. And that stretch opened with an MSU triumph at Wisconsin Jan. 21.
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Wisconsin at Michigan State odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Wisconsin +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Michigan State -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Wisconsin +4.5 (-120) | Michigan State -4.5 (-105)
Over/Under (O/U): 139.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Wisconsin at Michigan State odds, lines, picks and predictions
Michigan State 68, Wisconsin 65
MSU plays at a slightly above-average pace, and that’s sometimes a problem for UW. And the Badgers can sometimes feast on opponents that don’t defend the perimeter well, but the Spartans do a fine 29.9% mark from beyond the arc.
Peg MSU as having a significant edge in rebounding and likely in getting to the foul line. Those were key factors in an 86-74 Spartans win in Madison, Wis., last month.
TAKE MICHIGAN STATE (-190).
Against the spread
Respecting a Wisconsin push in this second game, and there isn’t much of an MSU angle in the home/road figures. PASS.
Look for a lower free-throw count and better Wisconsin control of the pace this time around.
TAKE THE UNDER 139.5 (-110).
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