College Basketball Betting: Michigan St. at Illinois

February 2, 2012 NCAA Basketball

The atmosphere at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Il. should be electric next Tuesday as Big Ten rival Michigan State pays a visit. Coming off a sixteen point victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers the Spartans stand at a more then respectable 17 -4 entering this contest. To add to the excitement, the win over Minnesota was number four hundred of his career for their much heralded coach Tom Izzo. Check the College Basketball Odds for Michigan St. vs. Illinois game.

They may miss East Lansing however since Michigan State is an amazing 13-0 at home. They are 4-4 on opponents and neutral courts.  The last time they were in the state of Illinois  they were upset in Evanston by the Northwestern Wildcats 81-74. They have won three straight since and will be well rested. Led by the remarkable six foot seven forward from Saginaw, Draymond Green who is averaging 15.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists, the Spartans will be a formidable foe for the somewhat reeling Fighting Illini. Illinois and coach Bruce Weber will enter their contest with Michigan State after first visiting the aforementioned Golden Gophers in Minnesota.

This game should be a good measuring stick as to what to expect against the Spartans given the element of common opponents. The Illini has lost their last two games, both Big Ten matchups against Penn State and Wisconsin and have fallen from the top 25. They also are hurting with injuries to three key players, Meyers Leonard, DJ Richardson and Sam Maniscalco. Start your College Basketball Betting action on Michigan St. vs. Illinois game.

Overall their record is 15-5. They are tough at home though with their home record at 11-1 entering the matchup with the traveling Spartans. Brandon Paul is their leading scorer at fourteen  points a game followed closely by the ailing (but as of this writing, expected to play), Leonard and Richardson.  Pending the outcome of Illinois’s game with Minnesota Saturday night and the health of its players, it may be expected Michigan State will be slight favorites even with their difficulty of winning on the road.

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