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Michigan State vs Michigan Preview

Crisler Arena features a huge Big Ten wagering event when the host Michigan Wolverines battle the Michigan State Spartans in college basketball action Tuesday.

Senior Draymond Green leads the Spartan front line and Derrick Nix is also a front-line powerhouse as the Spartans opened as small 1.5-point road favorites here. Michigan has covered 5 of the past 7 meetings of these bitter rivals.

Michigan battles the Spartans, currently sitting with a 15-3 mark (11-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-6-1 for the Wolverines and 9-5-2 for the Spartans.

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Betting Line:
The Spartans were listed as 2-point favorites at many online sportsbooks such as TopBet. The total opened at 133 but has been bet down a bit at 5Dimes, the top rated sportsbook at review site TopSportsbooks.com.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 120 (Wolverines) and the No. 1 (Spartans) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 83-75 result in favor of the Spartans has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Michigan's No. 154 nationally ranked offense (69.3 points per game) against a Spartans defense that sits as the No. 40 at 60.8 PPG. The Wolverines have been averaging 46.1% from the field, less than the Spartans have managed so far this season (47.9% on average).

Defensively, Michigan State features the nation's No. 39-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.8 points per game. Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 244 nationally in scoring at home.

Michigan State was an 81-74 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Northwestern. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Michigan State suffered an 81-74 loss against Northwestern on Saturday, getting 17 points from Keith Appling in a losing effort at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

In their last action, Michigan was a 75-59 loser on the road against Iowa. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Wolverines endured a 75-59 loss at the hands of the Hawkeyes on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Trey Burke at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Purdue are 6-4
After playing Northwestern are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Arkansas are 1-0
After playing Iowa are 2-8
After a loss are 8-2


A few Spartans at Wolverines trends to consider:
Michigan State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Michigan State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan's last 6 games when playing Michigan State
Michigan is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games

Next up:
Michigan State home to Purdue, Saturday, January 21
Michigan at Arkansas, Saturday, January 21