Prediction, preview, betting line, TV info

• What: Michigan State at Illinois

• When: 7 pm (ET) Tuesday

• Where: State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

• TV/Radio: ESPN/Spartan Sports Network radio, including WJIM 1240-AM and WMMQ 94.9-FM; Sirius/XM Ch. 81 (MSU broadcast)

• Records/Rankings: MSU is 15-3 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten, ranked No. 10 in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today Coaches poll. Illinois is 13-5 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten and ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll and 21 in the Coaches Poll.

• Coaches: MSU – Tom Izzo is 658-257 in his 27th season as a head coach, all with the Spartans. Illinois — Brad Underwood is 193-88 in his ninth season as a Division I head coach, including 84-61 in his fifth season with the Illini.

• Series: MSU leads 64-60 all-time, having won the only meeting last season, an 81-72 late-February win at Breslin Center, which helped propel the Spartans’ late-season surge into the NCAA tournament.

• Betting line: Illinois -5.5



C (30) Marcus Bingham Jr. (7-0) 9.6

PF (10) Joey Hauser (6-9) 6.8

SF (44) Gabe Brown (6-8) 13.6

SG (5) Max Christie (6-6) 10.5

PG (2) Tyson Walker (6-0) 7.1


C (21) Kofi Cockburn (7-0) 21.1

G(3) Jacob Grandison (6-6) 11.6

G (11) Alfonzo Plummer (6-1) 16.4

G (1) Trent Frazier (6-2) 13.4

G (20) Da’ Monte Williams (6-3) 4.1

• MSU update: The Spartans are coming off a teeth-showing win at Wisconsin, 86-74, during which they reminded us just how formidable they can be when they play with focus and an edge. At 6-1 in the Big Ten, MSU sits alone atop the Big Ten standings heading into another telling week — with tonight’s game at Illinois, followed by Saturday’s home date with Michigan. The Spartans won at Wisconsin largely because of their grit, but they’re also still shooting the ball at a rather torrid pace from long range, hitting nearly 49% of their total shots and better than 40% of 3-point tries in seven conference games.

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