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Kansas Michigan State Betting Preview

The Kansas Jayhawks will try to cover the spread at Georgia Dome in the Champions Classic Tuesday when they get a visit from the Michigan State Spartans in NCAA basketball action.

This game is being played at a neutral-site court, making it tough for handicappers and oddsmakers.

No. 21 Michigan State fell seven spots in the latest AP poll. This marks the first time these teams met since a 67-62 win by Michigan State in the 2009 NCAA tournament regional semifinals.

View Michigan State vs Kansas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Kansas in this one found them as 1.5-point favorites earlier in the day but it was quickly bet to -3.5. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime, where the total was sitting around 129.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 8 (Jayhawks) and the No. 1 (Spartans) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 83-60 result in favor of the Jayhawks has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Kansas's No. 127-ranked offense, averaging 74 PPG, against a Spartans defense that ranks No. 199 at 66 PPG. The Jayhawks field goal percentage has averaged 38.7% so far, more than the Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 37.5% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Michigan State owns the country's No. 239-rated mark, allowing 66 points per game on the highway. Kansas, on the other hand, rates No. 112 in scoring at home.

Michigan State was a 66-62 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Connecticut. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites. Michigan State suffered a 66-62 loss against Connecticut on Friday, getting 17 points from Keith Appling in a losing effort at Ramstein Air Base.

Kansas was a 74-55 winner in their most recent outing at home against SE Missouri State. They failed to cover the 20-point spread as favorites. Kansas earned a 74-55 victory over SE Missouri State on Friday, getting 17 points from Jeff Withey at Allen Fieldhouse.

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Texas Southern are 0-1
After playing Connecticut are 2-2
After a loss are 6-4

Kansas Jayhawks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
After a win are 8-2


Next up:
Michigan State home to Texas Southern, Sunday, November 18
Kansas home to Chattanooga, Thursday, November 15