Michigan State Spartans vs Illinois Fighting Illini 1/25/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Michigan State Spartans vs Illinois Fighting Illini 1/25/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The #14 Michigan State Spartans will go against the #17 Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten Conference clash in State Farm Center Champaign, IL, on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 7:00 PM (EST). For Michigan State, the last week is a story of two stories.


The Spartans were unable to protect their home floor against Northwestern on January 15th, falling 64-62 as 9.5-point underdogs. MSU, on the other hand, bounced back from that underwhelming performance by upsetting Wisconsin, who earned seven straight games, in front of a hostile crowd.


MSU scored 86 points against Wisconsin after scoring only 62 points against Northwestern. In their win on Saturday, the Spartans shot 52.7 percent and went 6-12 from three-point range. Now that Michigan State claimed ten of their previous eleven games, it may be ready for another long winning run.


They are currently ranked 19th in Kenpom and 18th in the NCAA’s NET rankings this season. Furthermore, the Spartans are strong on both sides of the floor, ranking 29th in offensive efficiency and 24th in defensive efficiency.


On offense, they score 75.3 points per game (92nd), shooting 46.9% (53rd) and 39.2 percent on three-pointers (ninth). Michigan State’s three-point offense is lethal, with five players hitting at least 35 percent from beyond the arc. They’re also a terrific rebounding club, with 36.3 boards per game (31st).


On defense, they restrict opponents to 39.3 percent shooting (24th) and 30 percent shooting from three (44th). Michigan State will compete for the Big Ten title if they continue on their present course.


  • The University of Michigan State is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 matches.
  • Michigan State is 6-3 ATS in their last 9 matches against Illinois.
  • The Spartans are 6-1 SU in their last 7 matches in the Big Ten Conference.

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Michigan State Spartans vs Illinois Fighting Illini Predictions 1/25/2022


With the return of Kofi Cockburn, who produced 21.1 points and 11.8 rebounds, Illinois had high expectations heading into the season. The Fighting Illini started the season floundering, going 2-2. Illinois went 11-3 since then and is presently 13-5.


After dropping two consecutive games, Tuesday’s game against Michigan State became a must-win for the Fighting Illini. It’s acceptable that they lost to Purdue, but their defeat against Maryland (81-65) on Friday was alarming. To prevent a third straight loss, they must defeat the Spartans.


So far, Kenpom rated them 15th and the NCAA’s NET rankings placed them 13th. On the offensive end, the Fighting Illini are particularly impressive, ranking 15th in offensive efficiency. They score 79.3 points per game on 46.2 percent shooting and 37.6 percent from the three-point range (29th) (31st).


They’re also eighth in the league in team rebounding, with 11.9 offensive rebounds per game (seventh). As previously said, Cockburn is terrific this season, shooting 58.9% and producing a double-double.


Along the perimeter, the Illini have weapons in Alfonso Plummer (16.4 points) and Trent Frazier (13.4 points). The condition of Cockburn, who is uncertain with a concussion, is a huge issue for Illinois in this game.


  • The University of Illinois Fighting Illini is 8-4 ATS in their last 12 matches.
  • Illinois is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 matches at home against Michigan State.
  • The Fighting Illini is 11-4 ATS in their last 15 matches in the Big Ten Conference.

#14 Michigan State Spartans vs #17 Illinois Fighting Illini. The NCAAB pick for this game is the #14 Michigan State Spartans. If Illinois’ Cockburn plays, whether Michigan State covers the spread might come down to that.


Cockburn suffered the injury against Purdue on January 17th, therefore his status is uncertain. Illinois struggled severely without Cockburn, losing by 15 points to Maryland, which was a shocking result.


Furthermore, Illinois ranked 167th in opponent three-point percentage, while MSU shoots over 39% from beyond the arc. The #14 Michigan State Spartans will win and cover the ATS to a predicted score of 76-60.


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Michigan State Spartans vs Illinois Fighting Illini 1/25/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM (EST)


Location: Farm Center Champaign, IL


Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022




NCAAB Odds: #17 Illinois Fighting Illini -5.5


NCAAB Totals: 144.5


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