Northwestern vs. Michigan State - 2/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (15-8) at Northwestern Wildcats (10-13)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Michigan State Spartans and Northwestern Wildcats meet Tuesday at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Michigan State Spartans look for consistency after splitting their last six games. On the season, MSU is averaging 72.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 62.1 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.4 points and 4.2 assists while Travis Trice is averaging 13.4 points and 5.5 assists. Branden Dawson is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Costello is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans have seven players averaging at least five points, and they’re shooting 62.1 percent from the line and 39.1 percent from deep. Defensively, MSU is allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last five games. Javon Bess is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Northwestern Wildcats look to play spoiler and snap a nine-game skid. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 63.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 63.6 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 12.3 points and 4.4 assists while Tre Demps is averaging 11.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Alex Olah is the third double-digit scorer and Vic Law is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats have six players averaging at least 5.5 points, and they’re shooting 73.4 percent from the line and 34.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in five of its last six games. Nathan Taphorn is questionable with a foot injury.
The Spartans are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Spartans are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Northwestern.
Michigan State has owned subpar comp aganst the number and that shouldn't change against a Northwestern team that's been sloppy on both sides of the ball in Big Ten play. The Spartans should have little trouble winning and covering here.