How To Bet The Michigan State Spartans Vs No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers

Bet Michigan State Vs Purdue

The Michigan State Spartans will look to pull off the huge upset when they hit the road to take on the 16th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers in a huge Big Ten battle that could go a long way toward determining if the ‘bubble’ Spartans get into the national championship tournament. 

The two longtime rivals will square off on Saturday, February 18 at 4:00 PM ET, live from Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana with this contest airing live on ESPN

How To Bet The Michigan State Spartans Vs No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers

What: Michigan State Spartans (16-10) at No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers (21-5)
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Start Time: 4:00 PM ET  
Where: West Lafayette, Indiana
Stadium: Mackey Arena
Spread: Purdue -9 (-115)
Watch: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Michigan State vs Purdue

Why Bet The Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State has warmed up lately as they desperately seek a NCAA tournament berth after struggling all season long. The Spartans have won two straight and four of their last five games including their impressive 74-66 win over Big Ten rival Ohio State on Tuesday.

Senior guard Alvin Ellis III scored a team-high 18 points on six three-point baskets while pulling down seven rebounds to lead the Spartans to the much-needed victory. Freshman forward Miles Bridges added a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds and freshman center Nick Ward chipped in 15 points in the win.

Why Bet The Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue has won four straight and seven of their last eight games and comes into this contest off an emphatic 74-55 beatdown of Rutgers on Tuesday as 7-2 center Isaac Haas scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in a nine-minute, second-half stretch while pulling down 11 rebounds,

Player of the Year candidate, 6-8 power forward Caleb Swanigan had 12 points and 17 rebounds in Purdue’s blowout win. The double-double was Haas’ second of the season and Swanigan’s eighth.

"Isaac’s footwork was great," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "He kept it simple. He got them down deep and used his post moves. He was the difference in the game in the second half. With Isaac, you try to keep him fresh, but if he plays like that, you don’t want to take him out."

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

The Purdue Boilermakers are the pick for me despite the fact that they don’t get the same amount of national media attention as some other legitimate title contenders. Purdue is solid at both ends of the floor as they rank 28th in scoring (81.3 ppg) and 47th in point allowed (66.2%) while Michigan State really struggles to score the ball by averaging just 71.8 points per game (222nd).

More importantly, the Boilermakers have a legitimate Player of the Year candidate in superstar sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan – and make no mistake about it, Swanigan is the kind of player that can dominate whether scoring (18.7 ppg)  or cleaning up the glass (13.0 rpg). Purdue wins by double digits.

My final score prediction is Purdue 80 Michigan State 70