Michigan State vs. Illinois Prediction
Big Ten rivals clash in Champaign, IL on Tuesday night when No. 24 Illinois hosts No. 10 Michigan State at 7:00 p.m. ET. With the Fighting Illini laying 5.5 points as a home favorite, are the Spartans the best value as a road dog?
619 Michigan State Spartans (+5.5) at 620 Illinois Fighting Illini (-5.5); o/u 143
7:00 p.m. ET, State Farm Center, Champaign, IL
Michigan State Spartans DFS Snapshot
Joey Hauser finished with seven points (1-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 11 rebounds and two assists over 24 minutes during Friday's 86-74 win over Wisconsin. Hauser had a limited shot volume during Friday's victory, but he reached the charity stripe a season-high six times against the Badgers. He's scored in double figures just once since the start of the calendar year and has averaged 6.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 24.6 minutes per game during that time.
Illinois Fighting Illini DFS Snapshot
Kofi Cockburn did not play Friday against Maryland due to a concussion, first reported by Jeff Goodman of WatchStadium.com reports. Cockburn apparently suffered the concussion during Sunday's 96-88 loss to Purdue, when he played a season-low 22 minutes and had 10 points (3-9 FG, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and two assists. Coleman Hawkins, Omar Payne and Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk should see more run at center in his absence. Cockburn's next chance to play will come Tuesday versus Michigan State.
College Basketball Betting Prediction
The Spartans are 5-0 against the spread in their last five road games, are 5-2 against the number in their last seven games versus an opponent with a winning record and have covered in five straight road games when facing an opponent with a winning home record. On the other side, the Fighting Illini are just 2-5 at the betting window in their last seven games played on Tuesday and are just 1-4 against the number in their last five home games versus a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL BETTING PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS +5.5