In today’s Big Ten college basketball matchup, the Michigan State Spartans will take on the Illinois Fighting Illini at the State Farm Center. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting picks and betting trends, then give our Michigan State vs Illinois prediction for today’s game.
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Michigan State vs Illinois Game Info
No. 10 Michigan State Spartans (15-3, 6-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 24 Illinois Fighting Illini (13-5, 6-2 Big Ten)
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Hour: 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Campus: State Farm Center — Champaign, IL
Michigan State vs Illinois College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds
All Michigan State vs Illinois college basketball betting odds can be found at BetOnline
money line: MSU: (+195) | SICK: (-225)
Point difference: MSU: +5.5 (-110) | SICK: -5.5 (-110)
Total: 142.5 — More than: (-110) | Low: (-110)
Michigan vs. Illinois State Preview
This Michigan State vs Illinois college basketball game will have a massive impact on the Big Ten standings. Michigan State is currently in first place, but is only ahead of Wisconsin and Illinois by a half game. Along the way, the Spartans are underdogs.
Michigan State bounced back nicely from an embarrassing home loss to Northwestern by dismantling then #8 Wisconsin in Madison 86-74. The Spartans have been tested this season, but Wisconsin was their first true Big Ten test. While it was a big win for the Spartans, they’ll have to do it again to stay atop the conference. This team is as deep as you can get in the Big Ten and they are true Final Four contenders. Michigan State proves to be difficult for anyone with a solid defense and an incredibly balanced offensive attack.
Illinois has been an incredibly inconsistent team this season. At times, they have looked unstoppable and capable of being with the best of the best, as seen in a four-point loss to the now #3 Arizona Wildcats. Lately though, they have looked very beatable with their most recent loss at Maryland by 16 points. The Spartans are a tough team to break with a two-game losing streak, but the home crowd should have them ready to go from the start.
Michigan State vs Illinois Betting Trends
- Michigan State is 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 6 games.
- The total has gone OVER in seven of Michigan State’s last 9 games.
- Michigan State is 5-1 in its last 6 games against Illinois.
- Illinois is 8-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 12 games.
- The OVER is 11-3 in Illinois’ last 14 games.
Michigan State vs Illinois Prediction | College Basketball Betting Picks
If Saturday’s game against Wisconsin told us anything, it’s that Michigan State has the best chance right now to win the Big Ten. That said, they have to come off a near flawless performance in another hostile environment against a solid team. Michigan State is certainly good enough to win this game, but there seems to be a regression from their last game in Madison.
Illinois has been in trouble lately. While an eight-point loss to Purdue isn’t something to be ashamed of, a 16-point loss to Maryland is. With that in mind, Illinois was without its best player, Kofi Cockburn, who was out with a concussion suffered in Illinois’ loss to Purdue. Illinois’ offense stalled against Maryland and their shots simply wouldn’t fall. Expect to see your shots start to drop again tonight.
Our Michigan State vs Illinois prediction tonight will be Michigan State COVERS at bet online.
These two teams come into the game with completely different results. When in doubt, though, I always like to stick with what I know. What we know in this game is that Tom Izzo is going to have the Spartans ready no matter the circumstances. While the Spartans may not win the game, they’ll certainly cover it up.
Illinois guard Alfonso Plummer will be the X factor for this game. If he can find his groove offensively, so will the rest of Illinois’ offense. For what it’s worth, he ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Illinois a 79.3% chance of winning.
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