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College Basketball Picks: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan State Spartans

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 6, 2013

College Basketball Picks: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans have won all 13 of their home games this year, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks on Wednesday night, when they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Breslin Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Spartans are four-point favorites in the NCAA basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 131 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Big Ten Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a total prediction along the way.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    The Minnesota Golden Gophers dominated the glass in their 76-63 victory over the Michigan State Spartans as 6.5-point home favorites earlier this year. The victors finished with a 38-24 edge in rebounds.

    Sports bettors will find that the Golden Gophers have covered the spread in 11 of their last 12 road games.

Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans have won eight of their last 10 games, including an 80-75 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini as 8.5-point home favorites on Jan. 31.

    Sports bettors will find that the home team has enjoyed a 4-1 against-the-spread run in this series, while the UNDER is 7-1 in the last eight meetings in East Lansing. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their NCAA basketball picks on Wednesday night, as the UNDER is 4-0 in the Spartans last four games after scoring 80 or more points.

    College Basketball Pick: Under 131

     

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