No. 14 Michigan State will kick off a stretch that includes four of its next five games on the road with what may be the Spartans’ stiffest challenge.
The Badgers scored 82 points in their road victory over Northwestern, marking the fifth straight time Wisconsin has scored 70 or more points in a conference game, the first time that has happened since 1962.
Michigan State has won two outfits past three games at the Kohl Center, and Spartans coach Tom Izzo is 32-22 against the Badgers.
Spartans at Badgers Stats
Looking at the Michigan State stats
Michigan State is one of the better defensive teams in the Big Ten. The Spartans limit their opponents to 39.1 percent shooting from the field and 29.1 percent from the 3-point line, which ranks 24th and 31st nationally. Michigan State, which is 14-3 overall and 5-1 in conference, limits its opponents to 65.6 points per game.
Gabe Brown has done a little over everything for the Spartans this season. Brown has made a team-high 40 3-pointers, averages 4.8 rebounds per game, and scores a team-high 14.2 points per game.
Max Christie also averages in double figures for Michigan State, contributing 10.4 points per game. Marcus Bingham Jr. leads the Spartans in rebounding, grabbing 7.1 boards per game.
Looking at the Wisconsin stats
Badgers sophomore guard Johnny Davis continues to make his statement as a player of the year candidate for Wisconsin. Davis leads the Badgers with 22.1 points, 2.5 assists, and 7.5 rebounds per game. Davis is the only player in the Big Ten to lead Wisconsin in all of those categories and has scored 25 or more points in five different games this season.
Brad Davison has made a team-high 41 3-pointers and averages 15.1 points per game for the Badgers. Tyler Wahl also averages 11.0 points per game.
Wisconsin averages 72.6 points per game and outscores its opponents by an average margin of 6.9 points per game. The Badgers shoot 42.5 percent from the field and 31.4 percent from the 3-point line.
Betting Trends for Michigan State at Wisconsin
- Michigan State is 9-7-1 against the spread.
- Wisconsin is 12-5 against the spread.
- The over has gone 8-8-1 in the Spartans’ games.
- The over has gone 12-5 in the Badgers’ games.
- Wisconsin is 11-3 after a win.
Who to Bet Spartans at Badgers
Top sportsbooks have Wisconsin as a 4-point favorite. The Badgers are -190 on the moneyline, while the Spartans are +155 on the moneyline. The over/under is set at 139.5.
Betting on a Big Ten road favorite is usually a perilous, sweaty journey. That’s why the focus on this game should be on the Badgers.
Davis has been playing strong, and Wisconsin will rally behind his leadership. Michigan State has a long road ahead of it and will struggle to find its footing.