Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers Picks: 2011 College Basketball Picks

Michigan State Spartans
(13-9, 6-15 ATS)

Wisconsin Badgers
(16-5, 11-6 ATS)

Before you settle in for the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, be sure to check out some of the great NCAA basketball betting action as well. Today, we turn our attention to the Kohl Center, where the Wisconsin Badgers will be taking on the Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten battle.

Every time we look back at this Michigan State team, we just see a squad that is full of promise, but that just doesn’t have the mojo to put it all together for whatever reason. This fall from grace is worse than that of the North Carolina Tar Heels last year, as at least UNC played well in the NIT and we knew that that team just didn’t have the guards to compete. This was supposed to be a given that the Spartans were a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Now, if they’re in at all, they’re at best a No. 11. A tenth loss without it even being the middle of February would be brutal for Sparty, which suffered what might be a catastrophic loss at the Iowa Hawkeyes by 20 points earlier this week, and unless all of a sudden a man like Delvon Roe, Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers, or Draymond Green really steps up and rallies this club, it’ll be off the NIT this year for the perennial contenders in March Madness.

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The Badgers have no such worries this year, as they know that they are well on their way to a middling high seed in the NCAA Tournament, and they are likely to be favorites to make it to the Sweet 16 this year. However, Wisky has a big time problem trying to get scoring outside of Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor. Keaton Nankivil and Josh Gasser only combined for 17 points in a win over the Purdue Boilermakers in the middle of the week, and once again, if there was any way that the Boilers could have stopped either of the two stars of this show, the final result would have probably been significantly different. Defensively, the Badgers are amazing, as they have not allowed even 70 points in a game all season long, with the most points being allowed being the 69 at the Illinois Fighting Illini. At home this year, the Illini also put up the best number, 66 in a 10 point loss a few weeks ago here at the Kohl Center. If this unit can really lock down the Spartans, there is no hope for Michigan State to be able to survive.

There’s a point that we just cannot get fooled by Michigan State anymore, and we’re absolutely at that point. The Spartans have failed to cover eight games in a row. There are only a few more losses that can be sustained to still get MSU in the field of 68, and Wisconsin, which already lost to this club once this year, is going to be overjoyed to put some more dirt on Sparty’s grave.

NCAA Basketball Free Pick: Wisconsin Badgers

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