Michigan State at Notre Dame odds, picks and predictions

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The Michigan State Spartans (5-2) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-1) meet Wednesday in South Bend. Tip time at Purcell Pavilion will be at 9:15 p.m. ET (ESPN2). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook's lines around the Michigan State vs. Notre Dameodds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Michigan State snuck by Portland 78-77 in a Sunday game of the Phil Knight Invitational. The favored-by-6.5 Spartans were undone by 14 3-pointers in the win over the Pilots. The against-the-spread (ATS) loss marked MSU's 3rd in its last 4 games.

The Fighting Irish last played Friday, dropping a 63-51 decision to St. Bonaventure. UND's 51 points marked a season low.

The game is part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Michigan State and Notre Dame last met on Nov. 28, 2020, when the Spartans topped the Irish 80-70.

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Michigan State at Notre Dame odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:44 p.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Michigan State -125 (bet $125 to win $100) | Notre Dame +105 (bet $100 to win $105)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Michigan State -1.5 (-115) | Notre Dame +1.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 139.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

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Michigan State at Notre Dame picks and predictions

Prediction

Michigan State 70, Notre Dame 64

Moneyline

MSU is the superior defensive and rebounding team in this matchup. This game is a jump in class for the Irish, and the Notre Dame shooting numbers (56% effective field goal) are suspect and likely due some regression.

The Spartans' performances the last few weeks, even in their loss to Alabama last Thursday, spell a team that can be pegged as a 60% proposition in this game. And that makes for value on Michigan State -125. But at the current prices, many bettors may not want to spend 15 cents for a point (vs. the -1.5 ATS action below). So PASS unless prices change.

Against the spread

The Fighting Irish are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. Notre Dame figures to be in a fade spot here.

TAKE MICHIGAN STATE -1.5 (-115).

Over/Under

These teams player slow-tempo ball, and we can expected a game flow not overly infused with turnovers, 2nd-chance points, and free throws.

PLAY THE UNDER 139.5 (-105).

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