College Basketball Picks Today 1/31: Illinois vs. Michigan State

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Our official Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Michigan State Spartans pick is here at Cappers Info, as two great teams get set to square off on the college basketball odds. Join us for all of the great NCAA basketball predictions for what should be another great game on the college basketball schedule tonight!

Free College Basketball Picks: Illinois Fighting Illini @ Michigan State Spartans
Date: Thursday, January 31st, 7:00 ET
Location: Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, MI
Illinois vs. Michigan State Live TV: ESPN


Sparty has essentially been kicking tail and taking names over the course of the last several weeks. There are only four losses to show for this year, and those defeats are all in games in which there is no shame whatsoever. Basically, MSU has been beating the teams that it is supposed to beat and suffering iffy results on the road against the best and brightest in the Big Ten. This is one of those games that should be won for sure. However, we’re not all that certain that it is going to go according to the script. Oh, the men in green will win this game, but there is a point of market correction for the Illini. They have been embarrassed quite a bit over the course of the last several games, losing by 14 to Michigan, dropping by 14 to Northwestern as a 10-point favorite, getting crippled by 23 by Wisconsin, and 17 by Minnesota. Matters just don’t look like they could possibly get any worse at this point. That’s why we are going to take the points that are on our side in this one. The Illini did win when these two teams got together in January in an ugly 42-41 affair. It won’t be that ugly this time around, and Illinois isn’t going to win it, but it will walk away with a cover.

Illinois vs. Michigan State Pick: Illinois Fighting Illini +8.5
Illinois vs. Michigan State Prediction: Michigan State 71 – Illinois 67

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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