- Michigan State is a 4.5-point road favorite over Maryland on Tuesday night
- Michigan State is 0.5 game out of first place in the Big Ten standings
- A look at the Michigan State vs Maryland odds can be found below with a pick
The #13 Michigan State Spartans will try to stay in the thick of the Big Ten race when they visits the Maryland Terrapins at 7:00 p.m. ET Tuesday at the Xfinity Center in College Park.
Michigan State (16-4/7-2 Big Ten/4-1 road) is 0.5 games behind conference co-leaders Wisconsin and Illinois after beating Michigan 83-67 on Saturday at home. Maryland (11-10/3-7 Big Ten/7-6 home) lost to visiting Indiana 68-55 on Saturday.
Michigan State vs Maryland Odds
|Michigan State||-180||-4.5 (-110)||Over 138.5 (-110)|
|Maryland||+155||+4.5 (-110)||Under 138.5 (-110)|
Odds as of January 31st at DraftKings.
In a game that will televised by ESPN2, Michigan State is favored by 4.5. The Spartans have an implied win probability of 64.29% as -180 moneyline favorites.
The Spartans are just outside the top-20 in the latest Final Four odds and sit tied for third in the latest Big Ten conference title odds at +380. At +30000, Maryland’s Big Ten odds are only shorter than Nebraska and Minnesota.
Michigan State Betting Outlook
The road has seemed like home for Michigan State this season as the Spartans are 5-0 against the spread away from East Lansing. They are 12-8 versus the number overall.
Freshman guard Max Christie scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the first half Saturday as Michigan State showed its depth in the win over Michigan. Five Spartans scored at least nine points and they held a 33-6 advantage in bench scoring.
“You down 15”
And Max Christie just dropped 16 on y’all. What an absolute dawg pic.twitter.com/D6wNS53FrI
— ˢᵉᵒᵘˡʲᵃᵃ (@Seouljaa) January 30, 2022
Over the last five games, Michigan State’s reserves have outscored its opponents’ bench players 144-43.
Christie’s big first half helped Michigan State take a 39-35 lead. The Spartans then created separation by outscoring Michigan 14-3 to start the second half, pushing their lead to 53-38.
Christie is second on team in scoring with a 10.4 average behind senior forward Gabe Brown (13.2). Brown went scoreless until the 13:02 mark of the second half then finished with nine points.
Junior forward Malik Hall had 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. He is averaging 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Senior forward Joey Hauser chipped in with 14 points and sophomore guard A.J. Hoggard had his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 assists.
Hoggard and teammate Tyson Walker, a junior guard, are tied for fourth in the Big Ten in assists with 4.9 a game. Senior forward Marcus Bingham Jr.’s 2.8 blocks a game ranks 19th nationally.
A.J. Hoggard with the tough finish for Michigan State 💪 pic.twitter.com/xBxUBa4y9G
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) November 10, 2021
Michigan State shot 55.4% (31 of 56) against Michigan, including 50.0% (9 of 18) from deep. The Spartans held the Wolverines to 37.1% (23 of 62) overall and 15.8% (3 of 19) on threes.
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Maryland Betting Outlook
Maryland hasn’t had much of a home-court advantage when it comes to the point spread as it is 3-10 ATS at the Xfinity Center. The Terrapins are 8-13 overall.
Maryland is coming off one of its worst games of the season at is shot 28.6% (16 of 56) against Indiana. The Terrapins’ top three scorers – senior guards Eric Ayala and Fatts Russell and junior forward Donta Scott – were a combined 6 of 31 from the field, including 4 of 22 from three-point range.
Junior guard Hakim Hart led Maryland with 15 points. Junior forward Qudus Wahab added 12 points and eight rebounds.
2H, 7:52 remaining: Maryland 44, Indiana 56
Hakim Hart hit his second three of the day to chip away at Indiana’s lead.
Hart leads the Terps with 15 points, 11 of those points have been scored in this second half. pic.twitter.com/nyhVvVloyp
— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) January 29, 2022
Russell contributed 12 points, five rebounds and three rebounds but was just 3 of 12 from the field and 1 of 5 from beyond the arc. He has season averages of 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
Senior guard Eric Ayala is averaging a team-high 15.8 points along with 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. However, he had his second-lowest scoring game of the season Saturday with six points on 2-of-12 shooting.
Junior forward Donta Scott made only 1 of 7 shots from the floor and finished with seven points, barely more than half his 12.2 average. He is also pulling down 6.5 rebounds a game.
Dagger of a Donta Scott assist to a 💯 @Reese10Julian dunk 😤.
— Maryland On BTN (@MarylandOnBTN) January 26, 2022
Maryland is 6-7 since assistant coach Danny Manning was promoted to head coach from his assistant’s role after Mark Turgeon and the school parted ways following a 5-3 start.
Michigan State at Maryland Prediction
Maryland has won the last two games with Michigan State, including notching a 68-57 victory in the second round of last year’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Ayala had 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Terrapins and Hall finished with 19 points and five boards for the Spartans.
It’s hard to imagine Maryland beating Michigan State this time. The Spartans are poised to cover a relatively small number on the road against an outmatched opponent.
Don’t be surprised if the college basketball public betting trends side the Sparty and the line moves a little in their favor.
The Pick: Michigan State -4.5 (-110)
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