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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State Spartans Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/20/14

Michigan State Spartans (21-5) at Purdue Boilermakers (15-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Mackey Arena)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Purdue Boilermakers and the Michigan State Spartans face off on Thursday in West Lafayette in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Purdue Boilermakers have won two of their last three games but they sit in eighth place in the Big Ten standings. Purdue is 12-2 at home this season, 5-7 in the Big Ten, and 0-4 against teams ranked in the top 25. Terone Johnson leads the Boilermakers averaging 12.2 points per game. Ronnie Jonson is averaging 10.7 points, A.J. Hammons is averaging 10.6 points, and Kendall Stephens is averaging 7.5 points. Purdue is averaging 73.1 points and they are shooting 42.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 70 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Purdue is five games over .500 and are looking at some sort of post-season tourney just probably not a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan State Spartans Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/20/14

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The Michigan State Spartans are 4-4 in their last eight games but are still tied atop the Big Ten standings. MSU is 10-2 away from home and 10-3 in Big Ten play this year. Gary Harris leads the Spartans in scoring averaging 17.4 points per game. Adreian Payne is averaging 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, Keith Appling is averaging 14.4 points, and Denzel Valentine is averaging 7.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Michigan State is averaging 76.9 points and they are shooting 46.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.8 points and their opponents are shooting 38.7 percent. Michigan State has a rematch against Michigan in East Lansing on Sunday.

Purdue is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven home games. Michigan State is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight road games, 6-1 against the spread following a loss, and 12-5 against the spread in their last 17 games. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two.

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