Wisconsin vs. Michigan State Basketball Betting Preview

Posted by: Mike Davis
Wisconsin vs. Michigan State Basketball Betting

College basketball betting fans looking for some easy picks this evening need look no further than Friday night’s Wisconsin vs. Michigan State basketball matchup. There are other matchups to bet on, but this is arguably the most predictable. Michigan State, being the 6th best program in the nation, enters as a heavy teaser sports betting favorite. Just how heavy? Take a look and find out for yourself.

Wisconsin vs. Michigan State Basketball – Friday, Jan. 26th

When: 8:00 pm ET

Where: Breslin Center, East Lansing, Michigan


Stream: Fox Sports Go

College Basketball Betting Lines:

Wisconsin Badgers +17 (-110)          136 (-110)       +1300

Michigan State Spartans -17 (-110) 136 (-110)       -2150

Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers crawl into this evening’s contest sporting a 10-11 record that ranks them 10th overall in the Big Ten. Coming off a 27-10 season, it’s a bit of a surprise to see Wisconsin struggling so severely. At the present moment, Wisconsin is unranked and sitting below .500. Keeping in line with this season’s struggles, the Badgers are coming off a fresh 67-85 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Furthermore, the Badgers are 1-4 in their last 5 matchups, which helps to explain why their facing such steep odds in this evening’s contest. No doubt the differences between these two teams are staggering. However, given the odds the Badgers are facing, should top sportsbook players put some small action on them?

All things considered, there’s really no reason to back the Badgers this evening. The reason being, that the Badgers just don’t have the offensive firepower to compete with the 6th best basketball program in the nation. Despite the fact that Ethan Happ leads the team in points with an average of 16.9 scored per outing, there’s a sharp fallout from there on out. Brad Davison is No. 2 in points for Wisconsin as he’s throwing down 11.8 points per game, as well as 2.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds per outing.

Michigan State Spartans

The Michigan State Spartans march into this evening’s pairing sporting an 18-3 record that ranks them 3rd in the Big Ten. Despite such an impressive record, Michigan State has posted a 6-2 record in conference play. With this in mind, it’s clear the Spartans still have plenty of work to do in the conference. Facing a conference rival this season, college basketball betting players can expect the Spartans to pick up a Big Ten win this evening. After all, the Spartans do have a statistical advantage. But just how steep is that advantage?

Unsurprisingly, the Spartans enter this Friday night pairing with the better offense as well as the better defensive unit. Specifically, Michigan State is putting up 85.3 offensively while the Badgers are struggling to score 68.3 themselves. Likewise, the Spartans enter this evening’s contest with the better defense as they are allotting 64.1. For comparison, Wisconsin is giving up 65.8, which is slightly worse than the aforementioned digits. So, which line should college basketball betting players take this evening?

Well there’s not much value in taking Michigan State straight up. On the other hand, there’s no use in taking Wisconsin straight up either. All in all, taking the Spartans to cover the spread seems like the best option. Michigan State has a dominant offense and they’ll be looking to cover 17 this evening. Without a doubt, the totals is the best line to take in this evening’s Wisconsin vs. Michigan State basketball matchup.