College Basketball: Armed Forces Classic ARIZ vs. MSU
#10 Arizona Wildcats (0-0) at #12 Michigan State Spartans (0-0)
November 11, 2016- 7:00 PM ET (TV ESPN) Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI
The time has finally come as we will begin another exciting year of men’s college basketball and what better way to begin the year than between two ranked teams as the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats will tip it off against the No. 12 Michigan State Spartans in the Armed Forces Classic in Hawaii beginning on Friday as the betting lines for this showdown is as follow;
Best Wildcats Lines: BetOnline Spread (+1.5) ML “See Live Odds:
Best Spartans Lines: MyBookie Spread (-1.5) ML “See Live Odds”
Over/Under: BetPhoenix 141.5
In what will be one of best games on the docket for the opening of college basketball this weekend, this has all the makings of a good one as two of the nation’s best will hope to give the fans in Hawaii and national television a show as these two powers collide on the hardwood.
For Arizona, they will begin their 2016 campaign with four new starters, with two being true freshman in G Rawle Alkins and PF Lauri Markkanen. For the 7-foot Markkanen, he has already caught the eyes of being an NBA prospect with his 3-point shooting.
One big blow to the Wildcats, however, is the absence of last season’s leading scorer in Allonzo Trier, who has been ruled out due to eligibility issues.
On the Michigan State side of the ball, head coach Tom Izzo has said he will have on display what may be the finest recruiting class he can assemble with the big four consisting of Miles Bridges, who in two exhibition games exploded for 53 points and 15 rebounds. Rounding out the four will be F Nick Ward, G Cassius Winston and fellow guard Joshua Langford. Langford for his part will be eager to get on the floor after missing both exhibition games with an hamstring injury.
Such as the Wildcats, Michigan State also has some issues to deal with as big men Ben Carter and Gavin Schilling will be out of service to knee issues putting pressure on Ward, who at 6-8 will be the Spartans tallest player.
Out the gate in the season opener, it may be somewhat difficult to judge the outcome as these two teams are loaded with talent… but will they be able to make it mesh when it counts? Expecting a close one, MyBookie is favoring MSU (-1.5) points over ARI with an opening over/under of 141.5 total game points scored.
Neutral court, two talented teams… who will win out? I will favor the Wildcats PLUS the points (+1.5) over Michigan State as my betting pick for the season-opening win.