Big Ten Basketball Betting Guide: Who Challenges Spartans?
Can anyone in the Big Ten catch Michigan State? The Spartans are loaded, led by preseason national player of the year Cassius Winston, and primed to build on last year’s Final Four run. Tom Izzo’s team is such a favorite, that even the recurrence of a foot injury suffered by starting wing Joshua Langford — expected to be out until January — hardly affected Sparty’s odds of winning the league. Fans of college basketball betting will have Michigan State on top of their list of national contenders.
With good reason. While the Big Ten could send five or six teams to the NCAA Tournament, there’s no other squad of Michigan State’s caliber. Maryland has a budding star in Jalen Smith, and Ohio State will be bolstered by Florida transfer C.J. Walker, but the Buckeyes are in a lower tier. Beyond that are questions — Can Purdue win without Carsen Edwards? Can Michigan’s Juwan Howard really coach? How much will Wisconsin miss Ethan Happ? No such questions in East Lansing.
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