Michigan vs. Michigan State Enter Rivalry Game Saturday on Hot Streaks

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2014

Michigan State's guard Gary Harris (14) during their NCAA college basketball game  in Champaign, IL on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.(AP Photo/Robin Scholz)
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The Michigan Wolverines enter Saturday’s game on the road against the Michigan State Spartans with an 8-0 SU and 6-1-1 ATS record over their last eight games.

Michigan State’s winning streak is even longer, spanning 11 games with an 8-3 ATS record over that stretch. One of those streaks will come to an end on Saturday with the Spartans currently favored to come out on top, going off at -5 at home.

A 79-65 loss to North Carolina as a 10-point favorite at home looked terrible back in December, but it may have been just what Michigan State needed to get re-focused. After going just 2-5-1 ATS through their first nine games, the Spartans have gone 8-2 ATS over their last 10 and have dominated the court defensively.

Michigan State has allowed just 60.6 points per game over its current 11-game win streak.

With Ohio State and Wisconsin’s stock falling in January, the Michigan Wolverines are climbing in the Big Ten Power Rankings with eight straight wins, including outright road upsets over Minnesota and Wisconsin and an impressive win over No. 10 Iowa at home Wednesday night.

Michigan has looked the part of a contender over the last month and has a chance to make a major statement on Saturday with another road win over one of the best teams in the country.

Since 2010, these two teams have split their eight games 4-4 SU and 4-4 ATS apiece. Michigan State is 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS over the last three games between these two in-state rivals, but the Wolverines were 3-0 SU and ATS in the previous three games of the series.

The Spartans are 11-1 SU and 8-4 ATS in their last 12 home games against the Wolverines and maintain the second betting position in March Madness future odds at 6-1.

Regardless of which team comes out on top in these rivalry games, they almost always end up being defensive dogfights. The total has gone UNDER in each of the last four games between Michigan and Michigan State and in nine of the last 10 meetings between these two teams overall.

The total has also gone UNDER each of the last six times this game has been played at Michigan State.