Thursday college basketball odds: No. 22 Wisconsin at No. 10 Michigan State
Thanks to Indiana’s stunning loss Tuesday night, the winner of Thursday’s Wisconsin-Michigan State game still has a shot at sharing the Big Ten regular-season title. The Spartans opened as 4.5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
Michigan State has lost three in a row, all to ranked teams. It last took the court Sunday and fell 58-57 at Michigan. Trey Burke’s steal and dunk put Michigan ahead by two with 22 seconds remaining, and the Wolverines held on. The Spartans (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) had the ball with the shot clock off and the score 56-all, but Burke stole the ball from Keith Appling near midcourt and went in alone for the game’s last field goal. Michigan State had 19 offensive rebounds, but the Spartans also turned the ball over 18 times. Adreian Payne had 17 points and Gary Harris added 16 for the Spartans.
Wisconsin was upset 69-56 vs. Purdue on Sunday. Wisconsin (20-9, 11-5) missed its final 18 3-pointers, including all 12 of its attempts in the second half. Jared Berggren scored 13 points and Ryan Evans and Sam Dekker had 10 apiece for the Badgers, who had won six of their previous seven. After leading 44-38 with 15:45 left in the 2nd half, the Badgers were outscored 31-12 down the stretch. They shot 5-of-23 from the field and 0-for-12 on 3-point attempts during that span. It was the worst home loss to an unranked team in the Bo Ryan era for Wisconsin. It was the 2nd worst home loss to any team in the Ryan era.
MSU beat Wisconsin 49-47 in Madison on Jan. 22. Keith Appling scored 19 points and Branden Dawson added 18 while grabbing 13 rebounds to lead Michigan State. The Badgers shot just less than 30 percent from the field, including 8 of 27 from 3-point range. The starting frontcourt — Ryan Evans, Mike Bruesewitz and Jared Berggren — combined to shoot 9 of 32. After winning their first game at Wisconsin since 2001 last season, the Spartans have won two straight at the Kohl Center and have a four-game winning streak against the Badgers.
UW is 4-3 on the road in the Big Ten this season and 10-6 over the last 2 seasons. Wisconsin’s .625 winning percentage and 10 wins are the best marks in the conference. The Badgers have also won their last 2 road games against top-10 teams (at No. 8 Ohio State in 2012 and at No. 2 Indiana in 2013). Thursday’s game will mark the 134th meeting between Wisconsin and Michigan State, with the series dating back to 1922. MSU leads the all-time series, 73-60, including a 45-14 edge in East Lansing. Ryan’s teams won in each of their ﬁ rst 2 visits to East Lansing, but have since lost 7 in a row. UW’s last win at the Breslin Center was a 68-64 OT win in 2004.
WagerWeb.com trends: Badgers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home. Badgers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Home team is 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings. Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Michigan St. Badgers are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Michigan St. Badgers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.