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2022 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(15-3) Michigan State Spartans vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (13-5)
Date: Tuesday, January 25th, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: State Farm Center
CBB Moneyline Odds: Michigan State OFF | Illinois OFF
CBB Betting ATS Odds: Michigan State +5.5 | Illinois -5.5 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: 144.5
Big Ten basketball sees the Michigan State Spartans on the road to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on Tuesday, January 25th.
The tip-off is set for 7:00 ET from State Farm Center.
The Fighting Illini started off as a 5 point favorite and that number is now up to 5.5. The total has gone from 145.5 to 144.5.
Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State has had quite a good season so far. I have really liked the way this team has played and it would not shock me if they get better as the year goes on.
The Spartans picked up a nice win over the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday by a score of 86-74. Throughout the course of a season, you look for teams to have statement wins and that was definitely one of them for this program.
The only loss for them that should be a little frustrating is the one to Northwestern. I get that the Wildcats are a solid team, but those are the sorts of losses that really should not happen, especially on your home floor.
In the win over the Badgers, the offense was really balanced for this crew. Max Christie, Tyson Walker, and AJ Hoggard all had 12 points in the game. The leading scorer for them was Malik Hall, who had 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Illinois Fighting Illini
In a Big Ten conference that has been competitive, this team has been one of the better ones. They have played some impressive basketball this season.
Right now, the Fighting Illini have a record of 13-5. They do have a two game losing streak going on, but that is not something that concerns me with this club.
They did pick up a surprising loss to the Maryland Terrapins on Friday by a score of 81-65. I get that they were on the road, but there is no excuse to lose to the Terps by 16 points.
I just never felt that the offense was able to get into a rhythm in their last loss. They should have been able to put up more points than they did against that Maryland defense, but they just did not execute well enough.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Michigan State is 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games against Illinois.
- Michigan State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.
- Michigan State is 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
- Illinois is 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games.
- Illinois is 11-3 SU in their last 14 games.
- The total has gone over in 11 of Illinois’ last 14 games.
Free Michigan State Spartans vs. Illinois Fighting Illini NCAAB Summary:
This is a battle between two very talented teams from the Big Ten. I feel that it has the chance to be a good one.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Michigan State ATS
The Fighting Illini will be looking to put a bad loss to Maryland behind them and focus on taking down Sparty. This game will certainly be a big challenge for both teams involved.
I still feel that Illinois is a good team, but I do not trust laying this number with them. The Spartans are a more than capable team and it would not shock me if they won the game.
For me, the 5.5 points are just too high to lay with the home team. I can see this being a close one, no matter who gets the win.
Give me Michigan State getting the 5.5 points here.
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