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The Michigan State Spartans have been one of the premier programs in college basketball under coach Tom Izzo and were a safe bet as a favorite heading into their Jan. 27 matchup with Purdue. However, after an 18-0 start as favorites this season, the Spartans have dropped three in a row.

And my was Michigan State's recent three-game losing streak potentially costly to bettors, with more than 70 percent of spread bets on the Spartans in each of those contests.

Those three straight up and ATS losses dropped their ATS record to 16-5 as favorites on the season. They were 10-point favorites ​at Illinois, 14-point favorites ​vs. Indiana and 2.5-point favorites at Purdue – all three accounting for big-time losses for MSU bettors.

The Spartans will look to get back to their winning ways when they face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 2 p.m. EST on Saturday afternoon. However, doing so may prove difficult. The Golden Gophers have covered the spread in all but one of the six games they've played against opponents ranked in the ​AP Top 25 this season and own a 3-3 straight-up record in those games.

Michigan State is definitely capable of turning things around as we head toward March Madness, but considering what they're up against, bettors may want to steer clear until they get back to their winning ways.

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