NCAA College Basketball Betting Preview: Michigan State Spartans vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers – February 13, 2018

by | Feb 12, 2018 | NCAA Basketball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM ET
Spread: Michigan State -10.5
Over/Under Total: 151
Quick Pick: Michigan State -10 (Buy it down half point)

The Michigan State Spartans will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a BIG TEN matchup on Tuesday Night, February 13, 2018.  This game is being played at the Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is scheduled to tip off at 9:00 PM ET.  

This will be the first and only time this year that these two teams will face each other.  If you look at the last 10 games that they have played to give yourself a better idea of who is more dominant in the matchup, you will find that Michigan State has won 7 out of the last 10 games SU and split the 10 games, going 5-5 ATS.   

Bookmaker has made Michigan State the favorite in the game by 10.5 points and set the total at 151.  

Spartans Cruising To #1 Seed In Tournament

The Michigan State Spartans are now the #1 team in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #2 in the AP Top 25.  They are 24-3 overall and are 12-2 in the BIG TEN Conference, which puts them 2nd in the conference. Michigan State must be looked at as one of, if not, the best team in the country.  

If you look at the Spartans three losses this year, you will see that all three losses were to top caliber tournament teams.  The Spartans lost to Duke in the second game of the year 88-81, as well as losing to Ohio State and Michigan in a 6 day stretch in January.  All three of those teams will be heading to the NCAA Tournament and are capable of beating any team, on any given night.  The Spartans have won 9 out of their last 10 games SU but have only covered the spread in 2 of those games!  

The Spartans are coming in off a HUGE win on Saturday, where they beat Purdue by the score 68-65. Miles Bridges led the Spartans with 20 points, while Cassius Winston posted a double double with 10 points and 10 assists.   

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Gophers Look To Snap Losing Streak

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are one game above .500 at 14-13 and are just 3-11 in the BIG TEN.  They are currently in 11th place in the conference and are definitely not having the best season.  They have lost 7 games in a row and 9 out of their last 10 overall. In those same 10 games, they have only covered the spread in 2 games!

The Golden Gophers are led by the combination of Jordan Murphy and Nate Mason.  Murphy is averaging 16.5 points per game, while Mason is averaging 16.5 points per game.  Murphy was expected to be the “Next Big Thing” in Minnesota and all though he is having a decent year, his hype has not matched the Gophers success.  

Michigan State Starts Their Run Towards The Title!

This game looks too easy to me.  Michigan State is rounding into form at the right time and are proving their dominance, even against the best in the conference.  They are setting themselves up for a big run in the tournament and I expect they will show their dominance in this game against Minnesota.

Pick: Michigan State -10 for 2.5 units (Buy it down half point)

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