Second-ranked Michigan State travels to Minnesota for a battle at Williams Arena on Tuesday night. The Spartans have had some nail biters lately, but they’ve won eight straight games. The Gophers have been moving in the other direction with seven straight losses.
Spartans pull off biggest win of the year, hand Boilermakers second straight loss
Michigan State pulled through in a huge battle against Purdue over the weekend, giving them a second Big Ten loss with a 68-65 victory. The Spartans hit 48.3 percent from the field to edge them out. Both teams hit six 3-pointers, but it took MSU one less attempt to get there. It was a pretty cleanly played game with both teams having just 16 total free throw attempts.
One player for each team rose to the big stage and dominated for their respective clubs. Miles Bridges (17.8 ppg) for the Spartans was that man, finishing with a team-high 20 points. He hit 9-of-14 from the field overall and went 50 percent from downtown (2-for-4). He’s now hit 20 points or more in six of his last eight games. Cassius Winston added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Coffey has missed last four games with shoulder issue, questionable for Tuesday
Minnesota sits at the bottom of the Big Ten along with five teams that have won just four conference games or less. They’ve seen defeat in seven straight games and the latest was a huge 80-56 beatdown at Indiana. They were held to just 33.3 percent shooting and had an incredibly awful passing ratio of 4 assists to 14 turnovers. Indiana still blew them out despite converting just 6-of-16 3-pointers and missing 9 of their 23 free throws.
Nate Mason (16.5 ppg) did lead the team with 18 points, but he converted just 6-of-20 field goals on the night. That’s a conversion rate at exactly just 30 percent. He’s been rattling shots off a lot lately to make up for a hobbled team. Amir Coffey (14 ppg) and Dupree McBrayer are both questionable with shoulder and leg injuries respectively.
Michigan State is:
- 0-4-2 ATS in their last 6 Big Ten games
- 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games
- The home team, who are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings of this matchup
Both teams have been dreadful against the spread lately, so this is a hard one to pick. The Spartans haven’t beaten the spread since January 22nd against Illinois. The Gophers are bad, but it’s hard to take MSU at a double-digit spread.
Minnesota and Michigan State have seen the over hit more often than not this season, but this matchup traditionally hits on the under — especially in their meetings at Minnesota. Since the Gophers have had a lot problems stopping teams, the over is probably more favorable here.
- Over is 10-4 in Spartans last 14 Tuesday games
- Over is 4-1 in Golden Gophers last 5 overall