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2020-2021 NCAA Basketball
(5-0) Michigan State Spartans vs. Virginia Cavaliers (3-1)
Date: Wednesday, December 9
Time: 9:15 PM ET
Venue: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA.
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: UVA -2
CBB Betting Total: 128
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A marquee matchup in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge tips off in prime time on ESPN Wednesday night.
Virginia has opened as a favorite on its home floor against #4 Michigan State.
Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans have won their first five games of the season, including a victory over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
None of MSU’s first five opponents have been cupcakes. It has taken down Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Detroit Mercy and Notre Dame.
Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman have graduated and been drafted, respectively. Aaron Henry, Gabe Brown and Rocket Watts return as Tom Izzo’s experienced core.
Joshua Langford is back after successfully red-shirting following a season-ending leg injury a year ago. He has started all four games he has played in this season.
The Spartans’ leading scorer thus far is Joey Hauser, who sat out last season after transferring from Marquette following a All-Big East Freshman season for the Golden Eagles in 2018-19.
At 6’9″, Hauser is the tallest player in Izzo’s short rotation but he plays quickly and comfortably on the perimeter, giving State a five-out look that may not be familiar to Sparty fans.
All the more interestingly, Joey’s big brother, Sam, transferred from Marquette to Virginia at the same time and had to sit out last season too.
The senior comes into this game as the Cavaliers’ leading scorer and will more than likely matchup with his little brother.
Unlike MSU, Virginia has an even bigger player in the short rotation alongside Houser. Jay Huff stands 7′ tall and averages the next-most points per game.
Huff started eighteen of Virginia’s thirty games last season as a junior and is the anchor of this year’s veteran team.
While Huff does most of his work in the post, he has good feet, which may tempt Head Coach Tony Bennett to keeping him on the floor against smaller, faster Michigan State lineups.
CBB Betting Trends:
- MSU are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Wed. games.
- Over is 6-2 in MSU last 8 overall.
- Over is 11-4-1 in MSU last 16 vs. Atlantic Coast.
- Under is 6-2 in UVA last 8 overall.
- UVA are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- UVA are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 Wed. games.
Free Michigan State Spartans vs. Virginia Cavaliers NCAAB Prediction: Sparty with the points.
Traditionally under Tom Izzo, Michigan State starts slowly, which hasn’t been the case this season.
Huff may prove to be too tough in the post, in which case Izzo will be forced to play Marcus Bingham more than he would like to combat the size.
But in today’s day and age, speed typically wins against size. If Gabe Brown, Rockett Watts and the rest of MSU’s outside shooters hit from the perimeter early, it will force Virginia into playing smaller.
That would hurt UVA more than having to use extra size would hurt MSU. Give me the Spartans with the two points.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: MSU +2
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