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Betting on the Michigan State Spartans

The Michigan State Spartans Men’s Basketball team represents Michigan State University. This men’s basketball team has a proven track record and a loyal fanbase. But, if you are not used to betting on NCAA basketball, you may need this article to help you learn about Michigan State Spartans betting.

This intercollegiate men’s basketball team from Michigan State University is a NCAA Division I college basketball team. The team competes in the Big Ten Conference of NCAA Division I men’s college basketball.

The Michigan State Spartans have won two NCAA championships for men’s basketball as well as sixteen Big Ten Championships. Since 1995, Tom Izzo has been the head coach for the program. The Spartans’ home games are played at Breslin Students Events Center in East Lansing, Michigan.

The two National Championships that the team has won were from the 1979 NCAA Tournament and the 2000 NCAA Tournament. At the time of the 1979 National Championship Game, it was the most watched basketball game in history, bringing in 35.11 million viewers on television. The team had tournament MVP player Magic Johnson at the time as well as players Greg Kelser and Jay Vincent along with coach Jud Heathcote.

The 1979 Michigan State Spartans were able to defeat the until then undefeated Indiana State team, which was lead by Larry Bird, a future Hall of Famer himself. 

The Michigan State Spartans have appeared in 34 NCAA tournaments as well as 23 consecutive NCAA tournaments. This is the fourth-longest streak held by an NCAA men’s basketball team ever as well as the second-longest active streak in college basketball, behind Kansas. 

The Michigan State Spartans also boast the sixth most all-time Final Four appearances, having ten. The Spartans are the winningest basketball team in the Big Ten under current coach Tom Izzo. The program also has the ninth all-time NCAA tournament winning percentage.

A common bet for sports bettors to place on basketball is a spread bet. A spread bet is a bet on the points scored during a basketball game. For example:

  • Michigan State -1.5
  • Kansas +1.5

In this instance, Michigan would be favored to win this game. However, if a bettor places on a spread bet on Michigan, the team would need to win by two or more points for the bet to be successful. If the bettor wagers on Kansas, Kansas would need to outright win or not lose by 2 or more points for the bettor to win.

Betting in Michigan

Legal sports betting launched in Michigan in 2021. Since then, it has emerged as one of the most popular sports betting markets in the United States. Michigan has both retail sports betting as well as online sports betting available. The age to legally gamble in Michigan is 21-years-old or older.

Michigan State Spartans Partnership with Caesars Sportsbook

Since January 2022, the Michigan State sports program has had a deal with Caesars Sportsbook. Caesars Sportsbook is the official and exclusive sports betting and iGaming partner of the Michigan State Spartans in a multiyear deal.