Michigan State Spartans Vs. Michigan Wolverines, Big Ten conference game. The two teams peeling for the first place in the conference and also to improve in the AP poll. The Spartans receive the Wolverines, who are in a better position in the national ranking, but share with them the conference record. The final battle is close on the 19th of this month, but the Wolverines know that they should not lose games, and if they win today against the Spartans they could secure themselves in the first place for one more week and climb two positions in the AP poll.
Michigan State Spartans: Nothing is impossible.
The Spartans at home have a single loss against Indiana 75-79, the other fourteen games have been clear victories. 4-0 in the last four games, all against conference opponents. But the only strong team of those last four was Minnesota 79-55 in the seventh place of the conference, the rest of the teams were the weak ones of the Big Ten. The overall record is 24-6, two wins less than the Wolverines and two more defeats than them.
At home the Spartans are scoring an average of 84.9 points per game, 31.00 FG points, 72.4% free throw shots, 8.87 three pointers and 23.60 assists. The defense is strong at home with an average of 62.5 points per game, 22.60 FG points and 6.93 three pointers.
The ATS record is 12-3-0, it’s a solid 5-1 record against conference opponents in the last six games. The last game at home was against Nebraska, the Spartans were favorites with -13.5 in the spread, the team won the game 91-76. Against the Wolverines they won the last game of this year on the road 77-70, the Spartans were underdogs +4.0.
Michigan Wolverines: Solid and with a future.
The Wolverines are in the seventh position of the AP Poll after winning two places since the ninth. The Wolverines’ record on the road is seven wins and only three losses. 3-1 in the last four games on the road. All the latest games against conference opponents: Maryland 69-62, Minnesota 69-60, Penn State 69-75 defeat and Rutgers 77-65. The overall record for the Wolverines is 26-4, they are conference leaders with the most wins and fewer losses.
On the road the Wolverines are scoring an average of 68.0 points per game, 24.90 FG points, 72.3% free throw shots, 7.50 three pointers, 13.10 assists. The defense is not the best but only allows 62.10 points per game, 23.20 FG points with 4.80 three pointers.
The ATS record is 6-4-0, the last game on the road the Wolverines were underdogs with +1.0 against Maryland, they won the game 69-62 to complete the spread. The four losses in the spread were against regular teams Penn State -7.0, Iowa -5.5, Wisconsin -3.5 and Northwestern -5.0. This is the second time in the season that they are underdogs on the road. Against the Spartans the record is 12-11-0 since 2007, but 3-2-0 since 2017.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines 03/09/2019 is: take the Michigan State Spartans -4.0 (Point Spread).
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