Having already beaten Michigan State once both SU and ATS this season the Minnesota Golden Gophers will try to do it again on Wednesday night in Big Ten betting action in East Lansing.
The Golden Gophers topped the Spartans 76-63 as a 6.5-point home favorite in the first meeting of the season between the schools on December 31, putting an end to their four-game losing streak against Michigan State. That December game was an OVER result.
The Spartans are 18-4 so far on the season, and 8-11 ATS vs. the number. The Golden Gophers, meanwhile, are 17-5 and 13-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Michigan State go 9-9 and the Golden Gophers go 9-8 on the totals.
The Golden Gophers were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Spartans sit at No. 18 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Golden Gophers sit at No. 8 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Golden Gophers will win this game 78-76.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Michigan State's No. 117 nationally ranked offense (69.7 points per game) against a Golden Gophers defense that sits as the No. 65 at 61.4 PPG. The Spartans have been averaging 46.8% from the field, more than the Golden Gophers have managed so far this season (46.3% on average).
Defensively, Minnesota features the nation's No. 55-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.3 points per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 113 nationally in scoring at home.
Minnesota was a 62-59 winner in its last match at home against Iowa. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. Austin Hollins scored 17 points leading the Golden Gophers to a 62-59 victory over Iowa at Williams Arena on Sunday.
Last time out for Michigan State, they were an 80-75 winner as they battled Illinois at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. Keith Appling scored 24 points leading the Spartans to an 80-75 victory over Illinois at Breslin Center on Thursday.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Illinois are 6-4
After playing Iowa are 4-6
After a win are 9-1
Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Purdue are 5-5
After playing Illinois are 4-6
After a win are 8-2
A few Golden Gophers at Spartans trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games when playing on the road against Michigan State
Minnesota is 11-1-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Minnesota is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Michigan State
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Michigan State is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Michigan State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Michigan State's last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Minnesota home to Illinois, Sunday, February 10
Michigan State at Purdue, Saturday, February 9