Sunday college basketball odds: No. 9 Michigan State at No. 4 Michigan
Michigan State still has a chance at sharing the Big Ten’s regular-season title if it wins out and gets a bit of help, but it will see a very angry Michigan team on Sunday after the Wolverines suffered perhaps the biggest upset loss this season earlier this week at Penn State.
The Spartans enter on their first two-game skid of the season, but those losses last week were to No. 1 Indiana in a game MSU could have won and Sunday at No. 18 Ohio State. Sparty lost 68-60 to the Buckeyes. Freshman Gary Harris had 14 points, Derrick Nix 12 and Adreian Payne 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Spartans (22-6, 11-4). Michigan State led 36-27 after a Payne jumper from the left baseline early in the second half, which all but quieted a crowd of 18,809. But the Buckeyes didn’t back down, scoring 18 of the next 23 points to take the lead for good. MSU is a game behind Indiana for the Big Ten lead and the Hoosiers swept the season series. So the Spartans would have to win out and somehow have the Hoosiers lose twice to win the Big Ten title outright. Wisconsin also is in the mix.
Michigan probably cost itself a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with Wednesday’s shocking 84-78 loss at Penn State, which had lost 18 consecutive regular-season Big Ten games dating to last season. It was Penn State’s first win over a top-5 team since defeating No. 5 North Carolina 82-74 in the second round of the 2001 NCAA tournament, and the highest ranked opponent that the Nittany Lions have beaten since moving to the Jordan Center in 1996. UM blew a 15-point lead in the game. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points for the Wolverines (23-5, 10-5). Trey Burke had 18 points and six assists, but also committed six turnovers.
Michigan’s worst loss of the season came Feb. 12 at Michigan State, 75-52. Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help the eighth-ranked Spartans rout No. 4 Michigan in the rivalry’s first matchup of top 10 teams. It was MSU’s largest win in the series since beating Michigan by 27 points in 2002. Michigan State didn’t trail once, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and enjoyed 30-point leads in the second.
Michigan leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 94-76, including a 58-29 advantage in games played in Ann Arbor. MSU has won 20 of the last 26 games overall. Tom Izzo is 20-11 in his career against the Wolverines.
WagerWeb.com trends: MSU is 10-13-2 ATS this season and 4-5-1 on road. Spartans are 12-12-0 over/under and 5-5-0 on road. Michigan is 13-12-1 ATS and 7-6-1 at home. UM is 16-10-0 over/under and 8-6-0 at home.