Tom Stryker’s Free Basketball Play January 10th


#620 WISCONSIN (+1′) over Michigan State at 7 PM EST
Off the 10-point loss at Illinois and with a tough road war at Indiana set for Saturday, Wisconsin will lay it all on the line when Michigan State visits on Tuesday evening. The Spartans enter this Big 10 battle on a red-hot 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS run but this will prove to be a tough spot for head coach Tom Izzo and his players.

Holding a dismal 7-16 SU and 8-15 ATS record in the last 23 games in this series and running with conference tournament revenge, the Badgers will be focused on a little payback here. Thankfully, when priced as a home dog or pick and checking in off a straight up loss, UW has been an excellent source of income notching a solid 14-6 SU and 14-5-1 ATS record in its last 20 tries. Also, at home fighting in a revenge mode, Wisky owns a rewarding 66-34-4 ATS tally provided its opponent takes the floor with confidence off a straight up win. In this role running the court against a foe that carries a team won/loss percentage of .724 or higher, head coach Greg Gard and his troops improve to a lucrative 49-17-3 ATS.

If you’re going to try and fade MSU, it might be best to do it when the Spartans are on the conference road. As a Big 10 visitor, Coach Izzo’s kids hold a soft 22-34-1 ATS record in their last 57 lined games including a miserable 10-25-1 ATS if they are going into revenge. In this situation arriving off the comforts of a home game, Michigan State falls to a woeful 4-15-1 ATS. Additionally, when coming off two or more straight up wins and facing a foe that enters off a double-digit straight up loss, Sparty holds a rough 2-8 ATS mark in their last 10 battles.

The Badgers have inked a respectable 42-22 SU record in their last 64 in Big 10 play, and they’ll bounce back in a big way inside the Kohl Center. Take Wisconsin. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.


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