Michigan Wolverines vs Michigan State Spartans prediction and college basketball game preview.
Michigan vs Michigan State Broadcast
Date: Sunday, March 7
Game Time: 4:30 ET
Venue: Breslin Center, East Lansing, MI
Michigan (19-2) vs Michigan State (14-11) Game Preview
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Why Michigan Will Win
It’s still Michigan State. Michigan is going to want to win this game no matter what.
There’s no need to care about this. The Wolverines are right there for a 1 seed in the big tournament no matter what happens in the Big Ten Tournament, but again …
It’s still Michigan State.
The Wolverines ripped through the Spartans a few days ago in a 69-50 win with the defense clamping down hard in the blowout. You scored as many threes on Michigan as MSU did – going 0-for-9 – but that’s nothing new. Michigan has held everyone to under 30% from three over the last four games and it should be able to do that again.
On the other side of the ball, MSU doesn’t have the ability go force enough mistakes to make up for the likely mediocre shooting.
Why Michigan State Will Win
Michigan doesn’t need this.
Yeah, it’s a rivalry game, and yeah, it’s Michigan vs. Michigan State, but Michigan already did what it needed to do a few days ago. Good luck getting the Wolverines to ramp up the intensity for this, while Michigan State cane make this a resumé-maker no matter what.
What did the Spartans dod right in the blowout loss? It forced Michigan to turn it over 14 times – that’s good for the MSU defense – and it was strong on the boards.
What’s Going To Happen
This is the want-to game.
Does Michigan want to make a big statement going into the games that matter, or does it want to take it easy? Does Michigan State want to get its season going now with a win in the home finale to crank up the momentum?
It’ll be the latter, and it still won’t matter.
Michigan vs Michigan State Prediction, Line
Michigan 73, Michigan State 69
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Line: Michigan -8, o/u: 136
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 3
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