Wisconsin Badgers vs No. 8 Michigan State Spartans Odds

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Wisconsin Badgers vs No. 8 Michigan State Spartans Odds

The Wisconsin Badgers (16-9, 8-4 Big Ten) travel to the Breslin Center in East Lansing Michigan on Thursday, February 18, to battle the eighth ranked Michigan State Spartans (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten). The Spartans will be looking to avenge a 76 to 77 loss to Wisconsin earlier in the season. Tip-off is at 9:00 pm ET.

The Spartans have gone 6 and 0 against the spread in their last 6 games. The Badgers are winners of seven straight including a one-point win over MSU on January 17th of this year when Wisconsin covered a 6.5-point spread.

A Closer Look At How To Bet The Wisconsin Badgers vs No. 8 Michigan State Spartans College Basketball Odds

The college basketball betting odds favor Michigan State by 9.5-points to beat Wisconsin. The game total for over/under bets is 135-points. No money line odds are currently available. The public is 56% on the Wisconsin Badgers to cover the spread. The point spread opened at MICHST -10.5. The line movement indicates more money is being placed on the side of the Wisconsin Badgers to cover. 

The Michigan State Spartans have been better against the spread going 38-25, +1050, while the Badgers are 35-29 against the spread. In head-to-head matchups, the Wisconsin Badgers are 2-1 ATS. Head-to-head matchups have trended over (3 over, 0 under). 

  • 3/1/2015: Wisconsin won 68 to 61, Michigan St covered +9, Game went over 126 
  • 3/15/2015: Wisconsin won 80 to 69, Wisconsin covered -7, Game went over 128 
  • 1/17/2016: Wisconsin won 77 to 76, Wisconsin covered +6.5, Game went over 134

What: Wisconsin Badgers (16-9) at No. 8 Michigan State Spartans (21-5)
When: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Kickoff: 9:00 PM ET 
Where: East Lansing, Michigan
Stadium: Breslin Center
Spread: Michigan State Spartans -9.5
Moneyline: N/A
Game Total: 135
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Bet The Wisconsin Badgers Because…

Wisconsin is one of the hottest teams in the nation. The Badgers have gone 7 and 0 straight up and ATS in their last 7 games. During the 7 game winning streak, Wisconsin has beaten Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana and Maryland. Maryland and Michigan State are Top 10 ranked teams. Indiana was ranked in the Top 25 until just recently while Ohio State is always a tough out. Wisconsin beat Michigan State the last time that these 2 teams met because the Badgers are a good team.

Bet The #8 Michigan State Spartans Because…

The Spartans are as hot as the Badgers. Michigan State has gone 5 and 1 straight up and 6 and 0 ATS in their last 6 games. The only loss was an 81 to 82 game on the road against Purdue. That game went into overtime where MSU had a great chance of winning it outright. The Spartans know what’s at stake on Thursday night. They should be ready to play their best against the hot Badgers.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

Forget stats. The winner of this game could end up being the team that makes shots in the final 2 minutes. These 2 teams are absolute brawlers, expertly coached, with good players at almost every position.

In a close game like this, I like to back the dog. It helps that the dog in this case goes into the game having beaten one of the top teams in the nation, Maryland, on the road 70 to 57. Wisconsin did that on February 13. Last year’s National Champion Runner-Up is hitting its stride. I think Wisconsin upsets the Spartans straight up in this important Big Ten game.

My final score prediction is Wisconsin 74, Michigan State 69.