There are a lot of great rivalries in college sports, but few can match the passion and hatred that comes when the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines go head to head on the hard court. Those two will lock horns on Saturday in Ann Arbor. If you’re a Spartans or a Wolverines fan and are looking forward to place a wager on another edition of this heated rivalry make sure to check out our online sportsbook college hoops odds page.
How to bet Michigan State Spartans Vs Michigan Wolverines
Why bet on the Michigan State Spartans
It looked for a while as though the Spartans (19-4, 6-4) were about to go into freefall, as they dropped down the standings dramatically after losing three straight games. Lesser teams may have folded, but Michigan State have dug down deep, and have now turned things around with three consecutive wins. Their reversal of fortune began with a much-needed win over a ranked Maryland team, and was continued with a pair of dominating displays against Northwestern and Rutgers. This figures to be a much tougher match-up for Michigan State, but it will also help prepare them for the two games against ranked opponents that are coming next week. The Spartans are averaging 79.0 PPG, and are giving up 62.4 PPG.
Why bet on the Michigan Wolverines
The Wolverines (17-6, 6-3) are going to have to find a way to bounce back from a tough loss at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers. The good news is that they will get the opportunity to do so on home court, where they won 10 straight games before going down to Indiana earlier this week. The problem for the Wolverines is that they have not yet been able to beat a ranked opponent this season, but those types of stats often go out the window when you are talking about a rivalry game. Michigan are a game up on their rivals in Big 10 Conference play, and they would love to stretch that lead a little with a win on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines are averaging 76.9 PPG, and are giving up 65.0 PPG so far this season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
There is a very good chance that we might have an upset alert on our hands with this one. The Spartans cannot afford to be looking ahead at the two massive games they have coming next week, as that could have them tripping up in this one. I don’t believe that will happen, though, but I think this game will go right down to the wire.
Michigan State Spartans 73 Michigan Wolverines 71