Will the Michigan Wolverines collect again or will the Iowa Hawkeyes get the money as a home dog? Lets look at the NCAA Basketball odds
and decide which team is worth backing with our sports picks tonight.
The No. 22 Michigan State Spartans ended a 0-4 ATS slide
at college hoops betting windows with Saturday’s 84-61 triumph over the Purdue
Boilermakers, cashing as 11 ½-point home ‘chalk.’ Tom Izzo’s troops resume
action with Thursday’s matchup against the Iowa Hawkeyes, who have a 6-1 spread
record in their last seven contests.
Spartans, Harris pull away at home
Michigan State held Purdue to 39.3 percent shooting in
Saturday’s victory, while outrebounding the Boilermakers, 41-33. The Spartans
drilled 8-of-15 buckets from three-point land, including freshman Gary Harris
connecting at a 6-for-8 clip.
Harris finished with a season-high 22 points, while mate
Keith Appling logged eight of his side’s 22 assists. Michigan State’s Branden
Dawson notched his second double-double for the season, recording 14 points and
a team-high 11 boards.
The battle’s combined 145 points soared above the ‘total’
of 126, moving the OVER to 2-0 in the Spartans’ pair of Big Ten Conference
affairs. Michigan State sank 18-of-22 free throws, while Spartans mates Derrick
Nix and Travis Trice logged two steals each.
Hawkeyes crushed in Ann Arbor
Iowa picked up a second straight loss in Sunday’s 95-67
spanking as a 13 ½-point road dog against the Michigan Wolverines. The Hawkeyes
allowed Michigan to hit 58.1 percent of its floor shots, while outscored in the
second half, 49-32.
Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble and Anthony Clemmons both reached
double figures, uniting for 26 points. Clemmons added a team-high seven
assists, while mates Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury united for 12 boards.
The lopsided affair’s combined 162 points jumped above
the ‘total’ of 144, ending a 3-0 streak for the UNDER in the Hawkeyes’ prior
trio of games. Gesell added two of his squad’s three steals, while Iowa was
Back the Hawkeyes at home
The NCAA Basketball lines opened with Michigan State as a 1 ½-point road
favorite, with early betting on the Spratans lifting the number to 2 ½. The
‘total’ was first set at 135, remaining unchanged after initially mixed wagers.
I am adding Iowa as a home dog to my NCAA Basketball picks for
Thursday’s card, looking for the Hawkeyes to bring down the Spartans’ octane in
this spot. The Hawkeyes have held visitors to 56.6 PPG and 34.5 percent field
shooting at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, while going 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home
dates against foes with losing road records.
Michigan State has a 1-6 spread record in its last seven
road games, while held to 62 PPG in its last three matchups away from home. The
Spartans gave up a season-high 76 points at Minnesota on Dec. 31, allowing the
Golden Gophers to drill a stellar 56.6 percent from the floor.
Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble ranks sixth in the Big Ten for
scoring (15.5 PPG), while connecting at a 5-for-10 clip from the floor in
March’s latest duel with Michigan State. Look for Marble and Co. to avenge that
92-75 defeat from the Big Ten Conference Tournament, finding just enough rims
at home in this spot.
Iowa Hawkeyes +2 ½ (Bookmaker.eu)