Minnesota at Michigan State: 1/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Minnesota at Michigan State: 1/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Spartans (13-2) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-3)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Jack Breslin Student Events Center)

Betting Odds: Michigan State Spartans -11.5 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan State Spartans face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at the Breslin Center. When these two teams faced off on December 8th it was Michigan State that won 75-67. 

Minnesota comes into this game with a 10-3 record overall and they have gone 6-6-1 against the spread. The Gophers have found success this season but they have lost two games in a row. In the last game against Indiana, Minnesota’s offense scored only 60 points and that led to the 13 point defeat. The Gophers are averaging 69.6 points while their defense is giving up 64.8 points per game. Jamison Battle has been the top player for Minnesota averaging 18.2 points while shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from deep. In this game, the Gophers are going to need the defense to be good.

On the other side of this matchup is the Michigan State Spartans who sit with a 13-2 record and they have gone 9-5-1 against the spread. In the last game against Nebraska, Michigan State’s offense scored 79 points and that led to the easy victory. Michigan State is averaging 75.8 points while their defense is giving up 65.5 points per game. Forward Gabe Brown has been the top player for Michigan State averaging 14.5 points while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Minnesota is 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games overall. The over is 5-0 in the Gophers last five road games against a team with a winning home record. The over is 7-0 in Golden Gophers last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.

Minnesota’s defense hasn’t been as strong as of late and they are going to struggle with the defense in this game. I think the Gophers' struggles continue in this game, and Michigan State will come away with the cover of the spread. I do expect this will also be a faster paced game and the over will cash. 

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Shane’s Pick Michigan State -11.5

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