The Fighting Illini of Illinois head to East Lansing Michigan to take on the Michigan State Spartans on Tuesday. The Fighting Illini are coming off a home win over Nebraska on Sunday, and are now 13-15 on the season. The Illini are currently sitting 12th in the Big Ten Conference standings.
Michigan State, led by head coach Tom Izzo is 26-3 on the season. The Spartans lead the Big Ten Conference by a single game over Purdue and Ohio State. The Spartans have won 10 straight games and are currently ranked 2nd in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Michigan State Spartans are -16.5 over the Fighting Illini of Illinois on Tuesday.
Spartans Looking for Win #27
The Michigan State Spartans trailed nearly all game against Northwestern, but came from behind to win 65-60 over the Northwestern Wildcats. The Spartans are 28th in offense with more than 82 points per game, and allowing 64 points per game. Michigan State is the top assist team in the nation, as they are dishing out more than 20 per game.
The Spartans top scorer this season has been Miles Bridges with 17 points per game. He is one of five players for the Spartans scoring double digits per game. Nick Ward is second on the Spartans with 13.1 points per game, while Joshua Langford is next with 12.3 per game.
Illini Looking to Spoil the Party
The Fighting Illini of Illinois have had a tough season in Big Ten play. The Illini have won just three Big Ten games this season. The wins came in back to back games against Indiana and Rutgers, before the most recent win against Nebraska. Following this game, the Illini have a home game against Purdue and a trip to Rutgers.
The Illini are anchored by the scoring of Leron Black. Black is playing in 26 minutes per game, and scoring more than 15 points per game. The Illini have a pair of guys scoring double digits per game, with Trent Frazier second on the team. Illinois will look to play the role of spoiler in the Big Ten tournament, as it appears their postseason will not be happening.
Spartans Down Illini
The Fighting Illini of Illinois are going to compete in this game. That is something head coach Brad Underwood has got his team to do. The Orange and Blue will be able to hang with the Spartans for a while, but when push comes to shove, the Spartans are going to roll away with this game. When you are betting on this Big Ten Basketball game on Tuesday night – take the Michigan State Spartans -16.5 over the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Bet on the Michigan State Spartans -10.5 over the Illini of Illinois on Tuesday.