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College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 12, 2013

College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans (20-4) will put their perfect home record on the line Tuesday night, which is important to consider when making your college basketball against-the-spread picks, as they prepare to meet the Michigan Wolverines (21-3) at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

    Sports bettors will find that the Spartans are 1.5-point underdogs in the NCAA basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 131 in the market.

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

Michigan Wolverines

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    The Michigan Wolverines haven't lost back-to-back regular season games dating back to the 2010-11 season, and they will be attempting to bounce back from a 65-62 overtime setback to the Wisconsin Badgers as two-point road favorites last time out.

    Sports bettors will find that the Wolverines are a money-making 18-6 against the spread following a straight-up loss in their last 24 opportunities.

Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans have won three games in a row, including a 78-65 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers as four-point road favorites last time out.

    Sports bettors will find that the Spartans are 13-7 against the spread as an underdog in their last 20 opportunities.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their college basketball picks Tuesday night. The OVER is 11-5 in the Michigan Wolverines' last 16 conference games, while the Michigan State Spartans have climbed above the number in seven of their last 11 in that situation.

    NCAA Basketball Pick: Over 131

     

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