Michigan State Spartans (12-7) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (15-4)
Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers 1/26/24 – In the competitive world of college basketball, every game counts, especially in the high-stakes environment of the NCAA. The upcoming clash between the Michigan State Spartans and the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday, is no exception. Both teams bring impressive records to the court – the Spartans standing at 12-7 and the Badgers at an even more formidable 15-4. This game promises to be a crucial juncture in their season narratives, offering insightful NCAAB game analysis for fans and analysts alike.
This season has been one of resilience and tactical gameplay for the Spartans, as evidenced by their 12-7 record and competitive spirit. They’ve demonstrated this ability with scoring averaged at 76.2 per game with a 47.4% field goal percentage; 6-8 three-pointers made per game at 36.2% success rates from three point range averaging out to be scored per game against them; but they do struggle when facing road games against spread betting (1-4 record), something which should be addressed during their next away matchups.
Wisconsin Badgers should not be underestimated either; their 15-4 record speaks for itself in terms of consistency and skill. Offensively, they slightly outpace Michigan State with 76.5 points per game and 47.8% field goal percentage; free throw line accuracy also surpasses that of Michigan State at 77.7% accuracy which may prove decisive in close matches. Their balanced play both offensively and defensively coupled with more favorable record against the spread (3-1), make them formidable opponents on home court.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers 1/26/24 Game Info
|Friday, January 26, 2024, at 8:00 PM ET
Tyson Walker (Guard) vs. AJ Storr (Guard)
In 31.6 minutes per game this season, Tyson Walker is averaging 19.7 points on efficient 47.9% shooting from the field. He’s also contributing 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. However, the 6’1″ Walker could face difficulties scoring against the bigger A.J. Storr and Wisconsin’s staunch defense.
AJ Storr is playing 26.3 minutes a night and putting up 15.3 points on 44.3% from the floor. He’s hitting over 31% of his 3-point tries and rarely turns the ball over or gets into foul issues. But the freshman will need to play tighter defense against an explosive scorer like Walker while also diversifying his offensive game.
This battle features Storr’s efficient shooting and low mistake rate against Walker’s prolific scoring punch and playmaking ability. Walker’s quickness and shot creation off the bounce could lead to open perimeter looks for the Spartans. However, Storr’s size advantage, defensive potential and ability to stretch the floor present challenges for the Michigan State guard. Their individual matchup could swing the outcome for either side.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
As of now, the betting odds for this matchup remain to be determined. However, considering the team’s recent performances and statistics, the odds are likely to be closely contested.
Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
The Spartans are just 2-2 against the spread in their last five contests. They have particularly struggled to cover away from home, going 1-4 ATS on the road this season. The OVER has hit recently for Michigan State, going 2-of-5 in their last five games after mainly staying UNDER to begin the year. Backing the Spartans requires betting against multiple negative trends.
Wisconsin Badgers Betting Trends
Wisconsin has been solid against the number of late, covering in three of their previous five matchups. They sport a winning 3-3 ATS record in home games as well. The OVER has hit frequently down the stretch for the Badgers, going 4-of-5 in their last five clashes. Riding these positive streaks by backing Wisconsin seems prudent.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers 1/26/24 Betting Picks
Given the statistics and trends, this game promises to be a closely contested affair. Both teams have their strengths, with the Spartans’ offensive firepower clashing against the Badgers’ balanced play and home-court advantage.
The key to a Spartans’ victory lies in overcoming their road woes against the spread and harnessing Walker’s scoring ability. For the Badgers, capitalizing on their free-throw accuracy and containing Walker could tilt the scales in their favor.
Given the current dynamics, the Badgers might have a slight edge as per the Handicapper’s Choices due to their consistent performance and home advantage. The over/under could lean towards a higher score, considering both teams’ recent trends.
Free Pick and Prediction: Wisconsin Badgers 78, Michigan State Spartans 74