It might be Sunday but there is a good slate of games in college basketball to wager on. SMU heads to the northeast to tackle Connecticut, while Michigan State visits arch rival Michigan in a rematch. These two matchups are the most intriguing of the Sunday lineup.
When Michigan State hosted Michigan earlier this season, both teams entered the game on a roll. The Spartans were on an 11-game winning streak, while the Wolverines had won 8 straight.
The game was won by Michigan 80-75 as a 5-point road dog. Since then, both teams have not played as well as they had prior to their head-to-head game. Since that game, neither team has been able to win two straight games.
Michigan is currently a favorite by 3.5 points on betonline and topbet and the point total is sitting on 137 on Bovada and sportsbook.com.
After being in the top 10 of the Power Ratings for much of the season, the Spartans are now sitting at No. 18. Much of that is thanks to a number of injuries to their best players. Adreian Payne missed the game versus Michigan earlier in the season, but will play in this one.
However, Branden Dawson is out with a fractured hand. Keith Appling the point guard is playing with a sore wrist and has a hard time even to shoot, let alone have a high shooting percentage. Over his past two games played, Appling has hit just 1 of his 3 shots.
At the same time, Michigan with a lineup of three guards seems to play better as a team without Mitch McGary. He has been sidelined since January 7 after having back surgery.
Both teams play excellent defense and each is holding its opponents to less than 65 points a game. The winner is a tough call, while the game looks to be almost certainly an UNDER pick.
Pick: Michigan and the UNDER – Michigan has better offense and that slight advantage will be big in such a defensive struggle. Appling’s injury also limits the Spartans on the offensive end.
In the other intriguing matchup, Southern Methodist is the underdog to Connecticut by 7.5 points. On January 4, SMU defeated Connecticut 74-65 in the first game between the two teams. The point total went OVER as Bovada had the game at 133.5 points.
The pace of the first game between the two schools suggests the UNDER for this game, as free throws late pushed it OVER in the first game.
Both teams are very tough on defenses and can stop their opponents from scoring. In addition, SMU has to travel a long distance and will have an early tip off time of 2 pm.
That could add to the fact the game looks like a strong UNDER choice.
Pick: SMU plus the points and the UNDER