The Michigan State menís basketball team is a 6Ĺ-point favorite to beat Michigan in Saturday nightís Big Ten showdown in East Lansing.
The Spartans are favored to win even though they will be without starter Branden Dawson (broken hand) and possibly Adreian Payne (plantar fasciitis), who will be a game-time decision.
Part of the reason the Wolverines are underdogs is the absence of Mitch McGary (back surgery). Point guard Derek Walton might also sit out because of flu-like symptoms.
Rod Beard contributed.