If Michigan State avoids upset by the Fighting Illini and wins at Wisconsin, the program will have its first outright Big Ten title since 2009. With two games left on their schedule, they lead the conference standings by a game over Purdue and Ohio State. The Illini are 13-15 on the season, and have won 3 out of 15 games in conference play. IL looks to play the role of the spoiler during the final few games of the season.
The No. 2 Michigan Spartans (26-3) are coming from a 65-60 win over Northwestern in which Cassius Winston scored 17 points in 5 of 8 shooting from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. The Spartans showed their good and bad against Northwestern. Defensively, Illinois basketball yields 72.5 points per game against the opposing teams. MSU puts up 82.6 points per game on offense while allowing 64.8 per contest. The comeback by the team was the largest in Big Ten history. The Fighting Illini are coming off a win at home over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Fighting Illini have just two guys scoring double digits per game. Leron Black is leading the team with 15.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest while Trent Frazier is adding 12.3 points per contest. IL is averaging 74.9 points per game on offense while allowing 72.9 per contest. IL is tied with Rutgers, and ahead of Iowa in the Big Ten standings. In the second half, the Spartans are going to get it together and blow the doors off the Illini. Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Illinois-Michigan State spread is cashing over 60 percent of the time, all from the model that has crushed college hoops, and find out. The Spartans are favored by 16 points, down 1.5 from the opening line. Get your 100% signup bonus today.