The Acrisure Classic 2023 features the No. 3 Arizona Wildcats (5-0) squaring off against the No. 21 Michigan St. Spartans (3-2) on Thursday afternoon. This will be just the eighth time in history that these teams have faced off but Arizona leads the series 5-2. They last played in 2016, with the Wildcats beating the Spartans 65-63.

Tipoff from Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs, Calif., is set for 4 p.m. ET. The Wildcats are 5-point favorites in the latest Michigan State vs. Arizona odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 148.5. Before making any Arizona vs. Michigan State, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters Week 3 of the 2023-24 season on an 88-57 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning more than $1,700 for $100 players. Anyone who followed it saw huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Michigan State vs. Arizona and revealed its CBB picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see the picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Arizona vs. Michigan State:

  • Michigan State vs. Arizona spread: Arizona -5
  • Michigan State vs. Arizona over/under: 148.5 points  
  • Michigan State vs. Arizona money line: Wildcats -223, Spartans +183
  • ARIZ: Has hit the 1H Game Total Over in 21 of its last 36 games 
  • MSU: Has hit Game Total Under in each of its last four games 
  • Michigan State vs. Arizona picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why Arizona can cover

Senior guard Caleb Love brings an assertive scoring threat to the backcourt. Love can score at all three levels and is a smooth playmaker. The Missouri native is averaging 12.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. On Nov. 17 against Belmont, Love tallied a season-high 20 points, six assists, and three 3-pointers.

Center Oumar Ballo (7 feet, 260 pounds) has the size to overpower others in the lane. Ballo is an efficient rebounder who produces second-chance opportunities on the offensive glass. The Mali native logs 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and shoots 65% from the field. In his previous contest, Ballo dropped 15 points, four rebounds, and shot 7-of-8 from the field. See which team to pick here.

Why Michigan State can cover

Senior guard Tyson Walker is a crafty and skillful scorer. Walker uses his speed to create space at the rim, leading the team in points (23) with 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. In his last outing, he logged 21 points and four assists, which is already his fourth game of the year with at least 20 points. 

Junior guard Jaden Akins joins Walker in the backcourt as an agile scorer. Akins generates offense on the perimeter with ease due to his smooth jumper. The Michigan native puts up 9.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest. In his last game, Akins racked up 13 points, five rebounds, and went 3-of-6 from 3-point land. See which team to pick here.

How to make Michigan State vs. Arizona picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 150 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60% of simulations. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine

So who wins Arizona vs. Michigan State, and which side of the spread hits in well over 60% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is up over $1,700 since last season, and find out.