Rutgers vs. Michigan State - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (13-7) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Michigan State Spartans face off on Thursday in a makeup game for a Big Ten matchup that was cancelled earlier this week.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 10-11 this season and they have lost their last four games. Rutgers is averaging 59.3 points and they are shooting 39.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.1 points and their opponents are shooting 40.5 percent. Myles Mack leads the Scarlet Knights averaging 14.4 points per game. Kadeem Jack is averaging 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, Bishop Daniels is averaging 7.9 points, and Junior Etou is averaging 7.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Rutgers is 6-5 at home and 2-6 in the Big Ten.
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The Michigan State Spartans are 13-7 this season and they have lost two of their last three games. MSU is averaging 73.6 points and they are shooting 47.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.7 points and their opponents are shooting 38.7 percent. Travis Trice leads the Spartans averaging 14.3 points per game. Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds, Branden Dawson is averaging 11.3 points and 10.1 rebounds, and Bryn Forbes is averaging 9.4 points. Michigan State is 2-3 on the road and 4-3 in the Big Ten.
Rutgers is 1-5 against the spread in their last six Thursday games and 6-1 against the spread at home against a team with a losing road record. Michigan State is 7-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 2-7 against the spread in their last nine road games, and 0-4 against the spread against the Big Ten.
Michigan State is just the better team and should have no issue taking care of business here.