Two of the premier programs in the Big Ten will meet on Friday night with a spot in the Big Ten tournament semifinals on the line. Wisconsin and Michigan State both have their sights set on a Big Ten title, with Michigan State looking to bolster its tournament resume while Wisconsin looks to improve its seeding. In today’s college basketball predictions, we look at Michigan State vs Wisconsin from Indianapolis.
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Michigan State vs Wisconsin Betting Pick
This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 6:30 PM ET on Friday, March 11, 2022.
Why Bet On Michigan State:
✅ This game is a contrast between star power and balanced scoring, which should benefit the balance of Michigan State. Johnny Davis is an incredible player, but Tom Izzo can game plan around slowing him down and making him work for his points. Michigan State, on the other hand, can beat opponents more ways, which will benefit them here.
✅ Michigan State shoots a better percentage from the field and averages more assists per game than Wisconsin. Expect them to use their superior ball movement to find more efficient shots than the Badgers in this matchup.
✅ Both of these teams won on the home floor of their opponent in the regular season in this matchup. This game should be incredibly close and difficult to call, and taking the points with the underdog in a game that could easily be decided by a point either way is the right call to make here.
Michigan State Spartans
The Michigan State Spartans began their Big Ten tournament with a four-point win over the Maryland Terrapins. Michigan State led by around 20 points in that game, but had to hold on late to avoid being beaten by the Terps. Turnovers were a big reason as to why Maryland was able to hang around, as the Spartans turned the ball over 16 times in the game.
While avoiding turnovers will be a key in this game, Michigan State had to like the shots it was able to get for the majority of that contest. They shot 50% from the field and better than 40% from three-point range, numbers they certainly hope to replicate against the Badgers in this contest.
The Wisconsin Badgers will begin their Big Ten tournament against Michigan State on Friday night. They have not played since last Sunday, when they ended their regular season with a rather inexplicable loss to Nebraska. The Badgers have had time to shake that off, and will look to deliver a quality win here against Tom Izzo’s team.
The success of the Badgers, unsurprisingly, will depend on the play of Johnny Davis of Wisconsin. Davis averages 20 points per game this season, and is one of the most dynamic players in recent memory in the Wisconsin program. If he comes out and plays well immediately, the Badgers have a great chance to win what should be a tight game.