Michigan at Michigan State 3/7/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Michigan State Spartans (14-11) vs Michigan Wolverines (19-2)
Game Info: Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 4:30 pm (Jack Breslin Student Events Center)
Betting Odds: Michigan State Spartans +9 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Michigan faces Michigan State on Sunday, March 7th at the Breslin Center for an NCAA basketball Big Ten matchup.
Michigan just took down this Michigan State team by the final score of 69-50 in its last game on March 4th at home. Now Michigan will have to travel to East Lansing for the rematch, but the Wolverines will be big favorites yet again. Michigan bounced back after a bad loss to Illinois (without Dosunmu) on March 2nd. Michigan is ranked #2 in the nation and has a 19-2 record overall and a 14-2 Big Ten record. Michigan is also 16-5 against the spread this season. Michigan's leading scorer so far this season has been C Hunter Dickinson, who has scored 14.4 points per game for the Wolverines. Michigan as a team has scored 77.1 points per game and has shot the ball at a 49.1% clip from the field. Michigan has also allowed 65.0 points per game to its opponents as well.
Michigan State is now 14-11 and could use a big upset win over its cross-state rival to boost its NCAA Tournament hopes in a big way. Michigan State was not even on the bubble a few weeks ago, but after back-to-back wins over Illinois and Ohio State, the Spartans have now entered into the discussion. Michigan State is one of the worst teams in the nation in terms of covering spreads, as the team is 8-17 against the spread this season. Michigan State's leading scorer so far this season has been F Aaron Henry, who has scored 15.4 points per game for the Spartans. Michigan State as a team has scored 69.5 points per game and has shot the ball at a 42.4% clip from the field. Michigan State has also allowed 70.9 points per game to its opponents as well.
Michigan opens as a 9-point favorite and the total is set at 136. I like Michigan to win this game, but I am not sure the Wolverines cover this large number on the road. If Michigan State were to win this game, the Spartans would surely be in the Big Dance, so this game should be closer than what the spread may suggest. I will take a lean on Michigan State, but I am not rushing to bet this one.