College Basketball Picks: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan State Spartans

Jeff GrantContributor IMarch 7, 2013

College Basketball Picks: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans have lost three games in a row, which can't be ignored when making your college basketball picks on Thursday night, when they host the Wisconsin Badgers at the Breslin Center on ESPN.

    Sports bettors will find that the Spartans are four-point favorites in the NCAA basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total is 120 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Big Ten Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.

Wisconsin Badgers

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    The Wisconsin Badgers had their three-game winning streak snapped last time out, suffering a 69-56 setback to the Purdue Boilermakers as 14.5-point home favorites.

    Sports bettors will find that the Badgers are 0-7 straight up and 2-4-1 against the spread in their last seven games as road underdogs of 3.5 to six points. 

Michigan State Spartans

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    The Michigan State Spartans have won four straight games against the Wisconsin Badgers, including a 49-47 victory as five-point road underdogs on Jan. 22.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Spartans are 3-1-1 against the spread as home favorites of 3.5 to six points, while the OVER is 3-2 in that situation. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Michigan State Spartans as one of their NCAA basketball picks on Thursday, as the home team is 15-3 against the spread in the last 18 meetings in this series.

    College Basketball Pick: Michigan State Spartans -4  

     

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