When a basketball program makes regular appearances in Top 25 polls and attracts top talent year after year, it’s doing something right. That’s the case with the Michigan State Spartans, a school with an incredibly loyal and passionate fanbase.
The program’s contributions to NCAA history are many and include luminaries such as Magic Johnson and Draymond Green, legendary coaches such as Jud Heathcote and Tom Izzo, and national titles in 1979 and 2000.
The program also is on an upswing after a Final Four appearance in 2019 and notching the Big Ten regular-season championships for the last three seasons. The 2020 campaign was cut short before the team had time to make further noise, but optimism is high that things will pick right back where they left off last time around.
Spartans basketball is a huge attraction across the state, and we expect that to be even more of the case in the new legal sports betting environment here in Michigan. We’re going to take a look at everything you need to know about Michigan State right here, as well as the best spots to place your bets on the games. Read on.
The next time the Spartans step on the court, many folks across the state will stop what they’re doing and pay attention. So what are the chances of a victory next time out? Our Michigan State live odds feed provides a real-time picture of what the betting market has to say.
The legal sports betting environment here in Michigan continues to evolve. Bettors have a number of spots to consider, but they naturally have hopes of finding the best of the best. Here are three operators that stand at the top of our list.
After years of dominating the daily fantasy sports industry, DraftKings jumped into the sports betting waters. That was a good choice. The company has become a top betting destination in all markets entered to date.
DraftKings has not become one of the top sports betting operators out there by accident. Folks in Michigan have lots to look forward to upon release.
FanDuel is another driving force in DFS, and the company is now doing the same in sports betting. In every state that FanDuel has entered thus far, the sports betting arm has quickly become one of the top choices in the marketplace.
This is a company that knows how to do gambling right. FanDuel has become a leader in both DFS and sports betting, and Michigan residents are among those who will benefit.
Legacy gambling companies have plenty to say about the direction of the sports betting industry, and BetMGM is among those leading the charge. The iconic brand has stamped its name on a platform that attracts tons of users.
BetMGM has a platform that’s easy to use while also having plenty of features that users love. This will be a top choice for Michigan sports bettors.
The Spartans have been regular participants in March Madness, but adding to the trophy case has been a challenge. Is another title in the works for the coming year? This is how the betting market sees the chances.
The Spartans have been a huge factor in how the Big Ten plays out in recent years, and the expectation is that more of the same is to come. Is that expectation on the money? Can the club make it to another Final Four? The odds board provides us with some ideas.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to bet on Spartans games throughout the NCAA season and into March Madness. There are also a number of other ways to get in on the action in a different fashion. Here’s a look at two of the most popular options.
Proposition bets are additional wagers you can make on the individual games. It’s basically a side bet on something that will come up during the game or by its conclusion. Here are a few examples of what you might see.
A futures bet is a wager on something that will happen down the road. Markets are available for all sports, with the biggest for NCAA basketball being the winner of the next national title. Here are some of the other bets you’ll come across.
If you click on the link labeled “more wagers” on the game listings for NCAAB, you’ll find a listing of props and other betting opportunities. In the college basketball or NCAAB section at online and mobile betting sites in Michigan, there’s usually a dedicated section for futures.
The NCAA basketball schedule for the 2020-21 season remains a work in progress, so we’ll have to patiently wait and see what develops. For now, Michigan State has a handful of games penciled in, with game time and broadcast information still to be sorted out. Given that Big Ten already moved football action to the spring, don’t put too much stock in these dates.
|Nov. 10||Champions Classic|
|Nov. 27-29||Orlando Invitational|
|To be determined||ACC-Big Ten Challenge|
|To be determined||vs. Toledo|
|To be determined||at Michigan|
|To be determined||vs. Michigan|
The rivalry with Michigan is the biggest one for the Spartans, but games with several other schools can mean a lot, as well. Here’s a look at a trio of opponents that deserve to be circled on the yearly Big Ten basketball schedule.
Whether it’s on the gridiron or the hardwood, games against the Badgers tend to be pretty intense. The teams split a pair of games in 2020. Wisconsin won the second one, snapping an eight-game winning streak for Michigan State in the series in the process. The Spartans hold the all-time advantage by a margin of 77-58.
This is another rivalry that carries over from football through basketball season. Michigan State has won the last five in a row over the Hawkeyes, including a 78-70 home victory last season. On an all-time basis, the Spartans hold a convincing 74-53 edge over Big Ten rival Iowa.
While Indiana is removed from its glory days as a hoops powerhouse, games against the Hoosiers still hold lots of weight. Indiana has won the last three in a row in the series, including a 67-63 home win a season ago. The Hoosiers also lead the all-time series to the tune of 68-54.
This is the rivalry that really captures the imagination of the Michigan State faithful. The ongoing battle between the Spartans and Wolverines is one of the fiercest in all of college sports. The fact that the two squads are generally among the top hoops programs in the Big Ten year after year only adds to the intensity.
The Spartans hold a close edge of 68-63 over the Wolverines. Last season, the programs split a pair, with Michigan winning the last one. That snapped a four-game winning streak for Michigan State in the process. For five of the last six meetings, both clubs have been ranked in the Top 25 at game time. Here’s what happened in those contests.
As a program with a great history and one that seems to always be in contention, Michigan State has little trouble on the recruiting front. For the upcoming campaign, the school has feelers out there for a number of the top prospects in the nation.
Looking ahead to the 2020 NBA draft, junior power forward Xavier Tillman is among the highly rated Spartans who could hear their names called. Over the past decade, eight Michigan State players have been selected. Here’s a quick look at who went where on draft night.
|2018||PF||Jaren Jackson Jr.||1||Memphis Grizzlies|
|2018||SF||Miles Bridges||1||Charlotte Hornets|
|2016||F||Denzel Valentine||1||Chicago Bulls|
|2016||PF||Deyonta Davis||2||Memphis Grizzlies|
|2015||F||Branden Dawson||2||LA Clippers|
|2014||C||Adreian Payne||1||Atlanta Hawks|
|2014||SG||Gary Harris||1||Denver Nuggets|
|2012||PF||Draymond Green||2||Golden State Warriors|
Let’s just say that Michigan State has been rather fortunate on the head coaching front. Since 1976, just two men have led the way for the Spartans. Here’s a look at them and some of the other major figures who have roamed the home court.
The 2019-20 NCAA basketball season was cut short, but the Spartans may have very well been on their way to something special. Michigan State entered the season ranked first overall in several preseason polls, and it would wrap it up ranked ninth in the Top 25.
For the early part of the schedule, the club dropped games to Kentucky, Virginia Tech, and Duke. The team entered 2020 with a record of 10-3 and ranked 14th in the nation. Big Ten play picked up from there, and Michigan State went through some ebbs and flows.
The club posted a record of 6-2 for the month of January, dropping road games to Purdue and Indiana. February didn’t start off on a good note as the squad dropped four of its first five, but the Spartans managed to get it together to close the season with five consecutive wins.
A record of 14-6 in Big Ten play was good enough for a tie at the top of the standings with Wisconsin and Maryland. The conference tournament and March Madness were both canceled, so the Spartans will head into the 2020-21 campaign with some unfinished business.
As one of the top hoops programs in the nation, the Spartans have a following that stretches well beyond the state of Michigan. That being the case, finding Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball games on the dial isn’t all that challenging.
You can generally find Spartans games on one of the major outlets that cover college basketball, such as CBS, ESPN, FOX, or somewhere within the family of networks for those channels. Games can also be picked up on the Big Ten Network at times.
Each of those outlets is available on major cable, streaming, and satellite providers. Additionally, you should be able to catch the game online or via mobile with the outlet that’s covering the game, but note that you’ll have to log in with credentials from your provider.
A number of radio stations across the state also provide the audio feed for games, including WBCK-FM 95.3 in Battle Creek and WJR-AM 760 in Detroit. You can also find the radio broadcast for Michigan State games on the TuneIn app.
The Michigan State basketball team made its debut in 1898. Team colors are green and white, and the team plays its home games at the Breslin Student Events Center. The student section is always jumping at game time, and it has affectionately come to be known as the Izzone. Here are some of the other notable facts you need to know about Spartans basketball.
The current home for Spartans basketball opened its doors in 1989, replacing Jenison Fieldhouse, which had served as the home base for Michigan State basketball since 1939. Here’s what you need to know about the home court.
The Spartans have won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament twice. The first time came in 1979 when Magic Johnson led Michigan State to a final game over Indiana State, which was led by Larry Bird. The last title came in 2000. After disposing of Wisconsin in the Final Four, the Spartans went on to defeat Florida in the title tilt by a score of 89-76.
The broadcast outlet for Michigan State games will vary, but they can usually be found on one of the major networks that cover NCAA contests. Included on that list is CBS, Fox, ESPN, and BTN. The Spartans have been a fixture in the Top 25 for several years running, so they’ve become quite the attraction on the national level as well.
Just like on the gridiron, the biggest rivalry in hoops season is with in-state Michigan. The Spartans also have rivalries with a number of other top Big Ten programs, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio State. However, it’s games against the Wolverines that really get the passions flowing on both sides. When it’s a season in which both teams are ranked in the Top 25, the matchups can be even more intense.
In the all-time head-to-head series, Michigan State holds a slight 68-63 advantage over Michigan. As for overall records, the Spartans hold the lead with a record of 1,752-1,102 versus 1,523-1,051 for the Wolverines. The Michigan State Basketball program first took the floor in 1898, while Michigan first suited up in 1909.
The schedule for Michigan State and the rest of college basketball remains up in the air for the time being. If the Big Ten schedule goes off as normal, the two rivals should have a home-and-home series. Last season, the clubs split two games, with the home side winning both times. The two squads have both been ranked in the Top 25 at tipoff for five of the last six meetings.