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How and what to watch for No. 2 Michigan vs. Michigan State

We break down everything you need to know for Sunday’s college basketball matchup between No. 2 Michigan vs. Michigan State. We’ve got a best bet, how to watch, and key stats for the game.

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Michigan Wolverines guard Franz Wagner (21) passes the ball in front of Michigan State Spartans forward Gabe Brown (44) in the first half at Crisler Center. Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State Spartans will be looking to upset on their in-state rivals, the No. 2-ranked Michigan Wolverines Sunday afternoon. These long-time rivals just played each other Thursday, with the Wolverines dominating in an easy 69-50 win.

The Spartans (14-11, 8-11 Big Ten) have once last chance to improve their resume before the Big Ten tournament begins. In Thursday’s 19-point loss, Michigan State only had one player in double figures — Aaron Henry, who had 14 points and five rebounds. As a team, Michigan State struggled to score as they shot 36.4 percent from the field and 0-for-9 from three-point range. And right now most bracketologists have them in the NIT or at home during March Madness.

The Wolverines (19-2, 14-2 Big Ten) continued to establish their dominance over the Big Ten, capturing the regular season title Thursday. Franz Wagner led the way with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Along with Wagner, Hunter Dickinson had a double-double consisting of 14 points (6-8 FG) and 10 rebounds. The Maize and Blue shot 50 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from behind the arc.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch No. 2 Michigan vs. Michigan State on Sunday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The game will be available via live stream on Paramount Plus. If you don’t have a cable login to access CBS for the live stream, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Michigan -8
Point Total: 135.5
Money line: Michigan -360, Michigan State +290

  • The Wolverines have been one of the best teams in the nation with a record of 12-3 against the spread in their last 15 games. The point total has gone under in seven of Michigan’s last eight games.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, the Spartans have struggled against the spread with a record of 6-14 in their last 20. The point total has gone under in four of Michigan State’s last five games.

The Best Bet

The Wolverines will be trying to capture their 20th win to end the regular season on Sunday afternoon. Despite clinching the regular-season title, Michigan would also love to sweep the Spartans. Michigan has been great ATS on the road with a record of 6-1 in their last seven contests. The only time they did not cover was against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Jan. 16, where the Wolverines lost 75-57 (-5.5). They are a better all-around team than the Spartans, who struggled to score and shoot the ball earlier this week,.

Pick: Michigan -8

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