Michigan State vs. Santa Clara - 11/24/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Santa Clara Broncos (2-1) at Michigan State Spartans (2-1)
College Basketball: Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Santa Clara Broncos and Michigan State Spartans play Monday night at the Breslin Center.
The Santa Clara Broncos are coming off their loss to Utah State and will play back-to-back road games. On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 71.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 66 points on 36.5 percent shooting. Brandon Clark leads Santa Clara with 20.3 points and six assists while Jared Brownridge is averaging 12 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Denzel Johnson is the third Santa Clara player averaging double-digit points and Matt Hubbard is shooting 42.9 percent from deep. The Santa Clara Broncos are a disciplined basketball team that’s turning the ball only nine times per game and is shooting a lights out 41.1 percent from three. Even with an early loss, Santa Clara is a legit team that could compete for a West Coast title.
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The Michigan State Spartans bounced back from a loss to Duke with a win Friday over Loyola. On the season, Michigan State is averaging 74 points on 53.5 percent shooting and is allowing 64 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Travis Trice leads Michigan State with 17.7 points and 6.7 assists while Branden Dawson is averaging 15 points and eight rebounds. Denzel Valentine is the third MSU player averaging double-digit points and Matt Costello is grabbing 7.3 boards per game. The Michigan State Spartans will continue to prove with each game but one thing that has to be driving Tom Izzo crazy are the 12 turnovers per contest. However, Michigan State’s ability to rebound the ball and shoot a high percentage will keep them in the Big Ten hunt.
The Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spartans are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Santa Clara Broncos shouldn't be slept on this much, as it's a solid team at both ends of the court and can compete at a high level. Michigan State should win but it isn't at that level to start blowing decent teams out just yet.