NCAA Basketball Betting - Champions Classic Free Picks - Kentucky vs Michigan St.

Michigan State Dunk

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 4:01 PM GMT

Two powerhouses collide in MSG for the Champions Classic, and getting the best value is a mission right for our expert capper Willie Bee. Rean on for his analysis and free NCAA Basketball pick.

Kentucky Vs. Michigan State

 

There's no such thing as a must-win game this early in the season. Those won't come for Michigan State until next year's Big Ten and subsequent trip to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments.

Still, the Spartans at least need a top-notch performance in the opener of the Champions Classic against the Kentucky Wildcats. ESPN begins its broadcast from Madison Square Garden at 7 PM (ET) and Bookmaker has the Wildcats giving up 7½ with 153½ for the total.

Almost half of those 18 national trophies sit in a case in Lexington, and Kentucky is once again among the top favorites on the NCAAB basketball futures to add another. The Wildcats will be looking for their third win in less than a week when they take the floor, opening matters last Friday at home with an 87-64 walk-through against Stephen F. Austin, John Calipari's crew finding a way to cover a -21½ point line.

The Wildcats could not cover the NCAA basketball odds on Sunday when they were giving up 30 to a stubborn Canisius that held the lead for a good part of the first half. A late spurt in the opening 20 minutes gave Kentucky room, and the 'Cats ended with a 93-29 triumph.

Meanwhile, Michigan State lost a tough one in the closing seconds of its Armed Forces Classic matchup against Arizona, 65-63, a game that many had as a pick 'em. There was nothing wrong with freshman Miles Bridges' effort, the Flint native netting 21 on the evening, but Tom Izzo got very little else out of the rest of the team that barely connected on 41% of their field goal attempts.

State will need more contributions from the entire team this time, not to mention solid defense to stop Kentucky's balanced attack. I'm taking the points for my play here.

 

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Michigan St.

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