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Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines Betting Pick

Time: 3:30 PM EST Sunday March 16, 2014 CBS

Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

The 22nd ranked Michigan State Spartans face the 8th ranked Michigan Wolverines in the final of the Big 10 conference tournament.

In their last games: In the Big 10 semifinals Michigan State beat Wisconsin 83-75 and Michigan beat Ohio State 72-69.

In their win over Wisconsin Michigan State jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead and for the game shot 56.9% from the floor. In this game every Spartans’ starter scored in double figures.

In their win over Ohio State guards Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert combined for 35 points and as a team the Wolverines shot a FG% of 53.2% from the field.

Michigan won both games facing Michigan State this season with the most recent being a 79-70 home win.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 11 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 8 times.

Michigan State is 3-0 in Big Ten title games while Michigan won in its only final in the first tournament in 1998.

MSU G Gary Harris is averaging 20.3 ppg in 4 career games against the Wolverines, including 24 ppg this season.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Michigan State -3
Total Line: 138
Money Line: Spartans -160 / Wolverines +140

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

Michigan State: 25-8 SU 19-11-2 ATS
Michigan: 25-7 SU 16-13-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• MSU is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
• MSU is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
• MSU has an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 games.
• MICH is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win.
• MICH is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
• MICH has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Michigan State Spartans: 89.41
Michigan Wolverines: 89.76

Key Player Injuries

SPARTANS
No Injuries to report at this time.

WOLVERINES
[G] 03/15/2014 – Cole McConnell Questionable Sunday vs Michigan State ( Foot)
[F] 01/08/2014 – Mitch McGary Out indefinitely ( Back )

Total Pick:

Both of the previous games this season went over the total and we don’t expect that to change today. Lighting up the scoreboard away from home has not been a problem for either team with the Spartans averaging 76.2 and the Wolverines 75. Michigan State is on 5-2 over run while Michigan games have gone over the total in 8 of their last 10. Take the OVER 138.

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