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Northwestern vs. Michigan State - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State Spartans (17-4) at Northwestern Wildcats (15-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +6 -- Over/Under: 138 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Northwestern Wildcats and the Michigan State Spartans face off on Thursday in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Northwestern Wildcats are 15-6 this season but they have lost their last three games and they are watching their NCAA Tournament hopes fade. Northwestern is averaging 74.1 points per game and they are shooting 46.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.5 points per game and their opponents are shooting 40.1 percent. Bryant McIntosh leads the Wildcats averaging 15.1 points and 7.0 assists per game. Tre Demps is averaging 14.1 points, Alex Olah is averaging 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Derek Pardon is averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. Northwestern is 10-3 at home and 3-5 in the Big Ten.

Northwestern vs. Michigan State - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Michigan State Spartans are 17-4 this season and they are coming off of a win over Maryland that ended a three game losing skid. Michigan State is averaging 78.3 points per game and hey are shooting 47.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.3 points per game and their opponents are shooting 37.4 percent. Denzel Valentine leads the Spartans averaging 18.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game. Bryn Forbes is averaging 13.6 points, Eron Harris is averaging 10 points, and Matt Costello is averaging 9.8 points and 8.1 rebounds. Michigan State has the talent to be a Final Four team this season but they need to remain focused and stay the course.

Northwestern is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, 3-1-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 6-0 against the spread following a loss by 20 or more points. Michigan State is 3-7 against the spread against the Big Ten, 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, and 2-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two teams.

This is a monster game for Northwester and I look for them to make a stand and at least cover. 

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Northwestern Wildcats +6.5

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