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Michigan State Spartans take on Longhorns in NCAA basketball test

Michigan State SpartansTexas Longhorns
9-1December 21, 2013, 04:00 | Frank Erwin Center10-1

The Texas Longhorns will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Michigan State Spartans at Frank Erwin Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Longhorns sport a record of 10-1 and 6-2 ATS heading into this battle, while the Spartans have 9-1 and 3-5-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-4 for the Longhorns and 5-4 for the Spartans.

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Bettors looking to side with Texas in this one found them as 2.5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Longhorns rated this week at No. 66 and the Spartans sitting at No. 23.

Last time out for Texas, they were an 86-83 winner as they battled North Carolina on the road. They covered in the match as a 11-point underdog. Texas got 16 points from Isaiah Taylor en route to an 86-83 victory over North Carolina on Wednesday at Dean Smith Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Spartans is ranked No. 37 in NCAA hoops at 39.8 per game. Contrast that with Texas’s No. 6 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Texas is the No. 172-ranked team in the country at 5.45 per game, while Michigan State rates No. 61 at 7.4 per game.

A few Spartans at Longhorns trends to consider:
Michigan State is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Michigan State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Michigan State is 1-4-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Michigan State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Texas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Michigan State

Next up:
Michigan State home to New Orleans, Saturday, December 28th
Texas at Rice, Monday, December 30th