There are plenty of terrific college basketball betting opportunities on the schedule for the upcoming week, but we have turned our attention to the Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan State Spartans showdown. The Michigan State Spartans host the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday night, and that is our college basketball betting matchup of the week.
Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State sits atop the Big Ten Conference, but they have plenty of teams that are right on their heels. The Spartans enter the week with a record of 13-4, and they are 5-1 in conference play. Wisconsin has had an up and down season, but they enter the week with a 3-2 record in Big Ten games. The Badgers host Maryland on Tuesday night before heading to East Lansing.
Michigan State is averaging over 81 points per game this season, but they have a pair of superstars leading the way. If the Spartans are going to stay atop the Big Ten standings then they are going to need some more depth. Michigan State has made over 125 three-point shots this season, and they usually shoot it better at the Breslin Center. The Spartans always play defense and rebound, but they have to find some offense.
Point guard Cassius Winston is averaging over 19 points per game this season, while also dishing out 6.3 assists per game. Winston loves to push the ball on offense, and he is one of the top point guards in the country. Forward Xavier Tillman has stepped up his play, and gives the Spartans an inside scoring threat. Winston and Tillman are hard to stop, but they can’t do it alone.
The Wisconsin Badgers don’t have the talent or depth to keep up with the Spartans, and they have to slow the tempo down in this game. Wisconsin is averaging just 67.9 points per game this season, but they are holding opponents to just 60 points per game. The Badgers have really shot the ball well at home this season, but have struggled at times on the road.
Wisconsin has six different players averaging more than eight points per game this season, and they get the job done with their balance. Nate Reuvers leads the way with 13.7 points per game, but Micah Potter has been carrying the load of late. Wisconsin does a terrific job of taking care of the ball, but they also have to put the ball in the hoop.
Michigan State really struggled in a blowout loss to Purdue on Sunday, but they are still an elite team. Home teams have been dominant in the Big Ten Conference all season long, and that trend will continue in this game. Wisconsin just simply doesn’t have the weapons on offense to keep up, and they can’t slow down the Spartans. Bet the Michigan State Spartans over the Wisconsin Badgers in the college basketball betting matchup of the week.