In Big Ten Basketball play – the Fighting Illini of Illinois will go on the road to East Lansing Michigan and take on the Michigan State Spartans. The 2nd ranked Michigan State Spartans come into the game with a 26-3 record on the season, and have won 14 out of 16 games in the Big Ten. With two games left on their schedule, they lead the conference standings by a game over Purdue and Ohio State.
The Illinois Fighting Illini come into the game fresh off a win. The Illini are 13-15 on the season, and have won 3 out of 15 games in conference play. Illinois looks to play the role of the spoiler during the final few games of the season. The Michigan State Spartans come into the game -17.5 point favorites over the Fighting Illini of Illinois on Tuesday.
Tom Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans are coming off a thrilling come from behind win on the road at Northwestern on Saturday. What a win for the Spartans, and it avoided a bad road loss. The Spartans are scoring more than 82 points per game, and allowing teams to score 64.8 per game. The Spartans are the top passing team in all of College Basketball, with 20.3 assists per game.
Miles Bridges is the top scorer for the Spartans this season. The first team All American at the start of the season is scoring 17 points per game, ripping down 7 rebounds per game, and dishing out nearly 3 assists per game. Nick Ward is second on the Spartans with 13.1 per game, while Joshua Langford is scoring 12.3 points per game.
Orange and Blue Seeking Upset
Brad Underwood and his Illinois Fighting Illini are looking to play the role of the spoiler down the stretch with just 3 Big Ten wins. The Fighting Illini are coming off a win at home over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Illini’s other two Big Ten wins were over Indiana and against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. Illinois finishes the season at home against Purdue and at Rutgers.
The Fighting Illini have just two guys scoring double digits per game. The Illini are led by Leron Black with 15.1 points per game, and Trent Frazier with 12.3 per game. Illinois as a team is scoring 75.6 points per game, and allowing 72.5 per game. Illinois is tied with Rutgers, and ahead of Iowa in the Big Ten standings.
Spartans Top Illini on Tuesday
Look for this game to stay close awhile. Brad Underwood is going to keep his Orange and Blue competitive for the first half. In the second half, the Spartans are going to get it together and blow the doors off the Illini. When you are betting on this game in the Big Ten – take the Michigan State Spartans. Bet the Spartans -16.5 over the Fighting Illini.
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