NCAA College Basketball Betting Preview: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan State Spartans – March 2, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Madison Square Garden; New York City, NY
Date & Time: Monday, March 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET
Spread: Michigan State -11
Over/Under Total: TBD
Quick Pick: Wisconsin Badgers +11
From the Madison Square Garden on Friday – the first of four Big Ten Tournament games features the Michigan State Spartans and the Wisconsin Badgers. The Michigan State Spartans come into the game as the #2 ranked team in all of College Basketball. The Spartans won the Big Ten conference with their 28-3 overall record and 16-2 mark in Big Ten play. The Spartans have won 12 straight games.
The Wisconsin Badgers are the big time underdogs in this game, as they were the 9th seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers come into the game with a 15-17 record on the season. Wisconsin went 7-11 in Big Ten play. The Badgers downed Maryland in their first conference tournament game. Michigan State is -11 over Wisconsin on Friday in Big Ten Basketball.
Izzo Irritated with Media
The national media keeps asking Tom Izzo about things going on with his basketball programs, and he is irritated. Izzo mentioned to the media he would not answer any non basketball related questions. Of course, that did not go over real well with many. Michigan State has a chance to be a top seed in the NCAA Tournament if they can advance to the Big Ten title game.
The Spartans are scoring 82.1 points per game, and allowing opponents to score 64.9 per game. The Spartans are the top passing team in all of College Basketball, with 19.9 assists per game, The rebounding for Michigan State has been elite with 41.1 per game. The Spartans are led in scoring by Miles Bridges. Bridges is scoring 16.8 points per game, and grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game. The Spartans also are seeking Nick Ward with 13 points per game.
Gard Looking for Miracle
It;s been a tough season for Greg Gard, the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers though are looking to compete much like they did on Sunday when the Spartans barely downed them 68-63. Overall, Wisconsin has won four out of their last give games. The Badgers have been to the NCAA Tournament 19 straight seasons, but that is definitely in jeopardy.
The Badgers top scorer this season is Ethan Happ. The big man is scoring more than 17 points per game, with 8.2 rebounds per game. Brad Davison is the only other Wisconsin player scoring double digits per game. Wisconsin is one of the worst scoring teams in all of College Basketball. Wisconsin is scoring 67.3 points per game, but allowing just 66.5 on the season.
Badgers Compete; Spartans Win
The Wisconsin Badgers are a pesky team. That is something that has always been the case with this program. Bo Ryan had some great teams, that were of course very pesky. Now, Greg Gard is looking to carry that over. The Badgers know they are the underdog, but they also know they can compete with the Spartans. In tournament play, look for Wisconsin to battle and cover this spread.
In the end – the Spartans are going to win the game, but the Badgers are going to compete in this game. The final bet for the Big Ten Tournament game on Friday is the Wisconsin Badgers +11 over the Michigan State Spartans at Madison Square Garden.