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Sizzling Spartans Have Been ATS Machine

Denzel Valentine Michigan State Spartans NCAA

The Michigan State Spartans have been one of the hottest bets in sports and one of the hottest teams in college basketball of late. The Spartans will look to make their third-consecutive Big Ten final when they battle the Maryland Terrapins Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • Maryland is 4-0 ATS in its last four neutral site games.
  • Michigan State is 14-3 ATS in its last 17 games versus teams from the Big Ten.
  • Underdog is 6-2 ATS in the previous eight meetings.

The Spartans crushed the Ohio State Buckeyes with an 81-54 win in their quarterfinal matchup Saturday, and now face a Terrapins team that is coming off a 97-86 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their quarterfinal contest.

Bettors have been feasting on backing Michigan State as the team has covered the spread in 12-straight games and has gone 11-1 SU in the process.

The Terrapins and Spartans have met once already this season and it was Michigan State that came out on top with a 74-65 win as 4-point faves in East Lansing back on January 23. The Terps have had the slight ATS edge in recent meetings, however, as they have gone 3-1 ATS in the previous four meetings.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Michigan State Spartans to cover the point spread in this one found them as -6.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Maryland Terrapins vs Michigan State Spartans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Maryland Terrapins will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Saturday; they are 14-16-2 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Michigan State Spartans are 22-9 ATS. Maryland Terrapins are 13-18-1 on betting the total; Michigan State Spartans are 16-15.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Michigan State Spartans rated this week at No. 1 and the Maryland Terrapins sitting at No. 150.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Michigan State's No. 19-ranked scoring average of 80.69 PPG, against a Maryland Terrapins defense rated No. 43 and allowing 66.34 PPG. The Michigan State Spartans FG% has averaged 48.75% to date this season, less than the Maryland Terrapins shooters have managed so far (49.31% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Terrapins got 26 points from Jake Layman as Maryland ran past Nebraska 97-86 on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The battle between the Spartans and Buckeyes didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Ohio State was handed a 81-54 defeat on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.