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Michigan State vs. The Citadel - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Citadel Bulldogs (4-6) at Michigan State Spartans (8-4)

College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Breslin Center)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans -24 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN2Go

The Citadel Bulldogs and Michigan State Spartans meet Monday at the Breslin Center.

The Citadel Bulldogs have lost four of their last six games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, The Citadel is averaging 58 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Ashton Moore is averaging 17.1 points and 2.8 assists while P.J. Horgan is averaging 12.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. C.J. Bray is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Jake Wright is shooting 38.5 percent from the field. The Citadel Bulldogs are a slow paced team that may not score a ton but is shooting 71.6 percent from the free throw line and 39.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, The Citadel is forcing 10.9 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 35.8 percent from downtown. Three of The Citadel’s six losses have been decided by four or less points.

Michigan State vs. The Citadel - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Michigan State Spartans have split their last six games and are coming off a loss to Texas Southern. On the season, Michigan State is averaging 74.4 points on 48.5 percent shooting and is allowing 60.6 points on 37.5 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.2 points and 5.5 rebounds while Travis Trice is averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 assists. Bryn Forbes is shooting 49.4 percent from the field and Matt Costello is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans have been one of the bigger disappointments in the country despite playing well statistically on both sides. However, Michigan State’s 13 turnovers per game and 62.2 percent from the free throw line has to improve. Branden Dawson is expected to miss this game with a wrist injury.

The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

The Michigan State Spartans just lost to Texas Southern outright.. You have to be crazy if you're going to lay this many points against a Citadel team that slows the game down and is capable of shooting a high percentage. Give me as many points as possible against a MSU team that is really struggling. 

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The Citadel Bulldogs +24

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