Michigan State vs. Florida Atlantic - 11/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Atlantic Owls (0-0) vs. Michigan State Spartans (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State -22.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida Atlantic Owls and Michigan State Spartans open their season Friday at the Breslin Center.
The Florida Atlantic Owls have nowhere to go but up after winning just nine games last season in the first year under Michael Curry. Marquan Botley returns after leading FAU with 13.1 points and 3.9 assists while Solomon Poole averaging 12.5 points and three rebounds. Jackson Trapp was the third double-digit scorer and C.J. Turman grabbed 3.3 rebounds. The Florida Atlantic Owls have to feel good with a full season under Curry’s belt and the fact they return their top three scorers from last season. The downside is that FAU was one of the worst rebounding teams in the country last season and lost their leading rebounder in Justin Raffington. Regardless, this will be a nice early test for an FAU team that lost 12 of its last 13 games.
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The Michigan State Spartans look for yet another successful season under coach Tom Izzo. Denzel Valentine will lead MSU after averaging 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds while Bryn Forbes averaged 8.5 points and one assist. Matt Costello grabbed 5.2 rebounds and Lourawls Nairn Jr. dished 2.4 assists. The Michigan State Spartans added West Virginia transfer Eron Harris, and Deyonta Davis was one of the top recruits of the 2015 class who will see big playing time. Izzo has mentioned that he thinks this Michigan State team is more talented than last year’s, a team that made the National Semifinal. This is a big tune up game for the Michigan State Spartans before they play Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday at the United Center.
The Owls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Michigan State has a lot of guys who it has to replace and will need some time before reaching its full potential. FAU returns a lot of its key players and has some experienced scorers. This is just too many points for me to lay in the first game with an experienced team. I'll take the Owls here.