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Nebraska vs. Michigan State - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State Spartans (13-6) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Pinnacle Bank Arena)

The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Michigan State Spartans and Nebraska Cornhuskers play Saturday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Michigan State Spartans have won four of their last six games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, MSU is averaging 73.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting and is allowing 61.8 points on 38.3 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds and Travis Trice is averaging 13.6 points and 5.6 assists. Branden Dawson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Matt Costello is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans have seven players averaging at least six points, and they’re shooting 63.2 percent from the line and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in five of its last seven games.

Nebraska vs. Michigan State - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers have split their last six games and look for their fourth Big Ten win. On the season, Nebraska is averaging 64.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting and is allowing 60.6 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Terran Petteway is averaging 18.9 points and 2.6 assists while Shavon Shields is averaging 16.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. Walter Pitchford is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Benny Parker is shooting 39 percent from the field. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are a defensive team that’s allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 49 or less points in three of their last four games. Offensively, Nebraska is shooting 71.2 percent from the line and 30.2 percent from beyond the arc. Nebraska is 8-3 SU on its home court.

The Spartans are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Cornhuskers are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. Big Ten and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

You guys know I like this Nebraska team and we've crushed the books backing them in Big Ten play dating back to last season. It's no different here. Nebraska is a solid defensive team that should limit MSU and lead to an upset victory. 

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Nebraska Cornhuskers +3

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