Michigan State Spartans vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - 1/31/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-15) at Michigan State Spartans (18-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -27.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans will host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this Sunday.
The Michigan State Spartans come into this game with a 18-4 record and are currently 7th in the Big Ten. The Spartans are coming off of back-to-back wins over Maryland and Northwestern. Through 22 games this eason the leading scorer for the Spartans has been Denzel Valentine who is averaging 18.4 points per game and 7.8 rebounds with 6.7 assists. Bryn Forbes is second on the team with 13.4 points per game and 2.2 rebounds.
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights come into this game with a 6-15 record and are currently 13th in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights have lost their last 8 games in a row with their most recent being a 69-57 loss to Michigan. Through 21 games this season the leading scorer for the Scarlet Knights has been Corey Sanders who is averaging 14.1 points per game and 3.7 assists. Deshawn Freeman is second on the team with 13.1 points per game and 5.3 rebounds.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 road games. The Scarlet Knights are 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Michigan State is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 Sunday games. The Spartans are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400.
Michigan State is starting to heat up again winning against Northwestern and Maryland. Rutgers has been dreadful this season and have lost their past 8 games. I think Michigan State will run away with this game and cover at home.