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Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines Picks, Predictions, Odds

Jan. 8, 2022
Dave Schwab
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The big showdown in the Big Ten this Saturday afternoon pits the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans on the road against the rival Michigan Wolverines. Tipoff from Crisler Center in Ann Arbor is slated for 2:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on FOX.

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Michigan State 76, Michigan 69

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Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines Predictions

The Spartans bring a straight-up eight-game winning streak into Saturday’s showdown which includes a perfect 4-0 start in Big Ten play. While they beat Nebraska on Wednesday night by a comfortable 12-point margin at home, that did not cover the closing 15-point spread. At 13-2 SU on the year, the only two losses were against Kansas and Baylor.

Michigan continues to struggle with just one SU win in its last four games. This includes Tuesday’s nine-point road loss to Rutgers as a 3.5-point favorite. The Wolverines are now 1-2 SU in Big Ten play with a road win against Nebraska and a stunning 10-point loss at home to Minnesota as heavy 13.5-point favorites.

The home team in this heated rivalry has won the last six meetings SU. Yet, Michigan State’s current playing form far outweighs its opponent at this point in time. This should still be a great battle for much of the game, but I have the Spartans pulling away down the stretch to cash a winner both SU and against the spread.

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Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Big 10
  • Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022
  • Venue: Crisler Center
  • Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • TV-Time: FOX - 2:30 p.m. ET

Michigan State Spartans Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 13-2
  • ATS: 9-6
  • O/U: 7-7-1

During this current SU winning streak, Michigan State has been able to cover in five of the eight games. This includes road wins against Minnesota and Northwestern as a favorite. The total stayed UNDER 149 points in the Spartans’ 79-67 win against Nebraska after going OVER in their previous five games.

Freshman guard Max Christie (10.4 points) stepped up his game the last time out with a career- high 21 points. He is one of four players averaging at least 10 points per game. Forward Gabe Brown continues to lead the way with 14.5 points a game. Forward Marcus Bingham Jr. is next on the list with 10.5 points while leading the team in rebounds with 7.8 a game.

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