Michigan State vs. Northwestern - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (10-5) at Michigan State Spartans (11-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Northwestern Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans clash Sunday at the Breslin Center.
The Northwestern Wildcats have won four of their last five games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 64.3 points on 42.8 percent shooting and is allowing 60.3 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Tre Demps is averaging 12.1 points and 3.8 rebounds while Bryant McIntosh is averaging 11.8 points and 4.7 assists. Alex Olah is the third player averaging double-digit points and Vic Law is grabbing five rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats rely on their defense that’s forcing 11 turnovers and has allowed 61 or less points in five of their last seven games. Offensively, Northwestern is shooting 71.3 percent from the free throw line and 33.3 percent from downtown. The Northwestern Wildcats are 2-1 SU on the road.
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The Michigan State Spartans have won six of their last eight games and look for their third conference win. On the season, MSU is averaging 74.1 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 60.1 points on 37.2 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.1 points and 5.9 rebounds while Travis Trice is averaging 14.1 points and 5.9 assists. Branden Dawson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Matt Costello is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans continue to come along offensively, as six players are averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 63.8 percent from the line and 41.8 percent from downtown. Defensively, Michigan State is forcing 11.6 turnovers and is allowing teams to shoot 26.9 percent from deep.
The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spartans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Michigan State and the road team is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Michigan State hasn't shown its consistent enough to blow teams out this season, as MSU is just focused on getting the W at this point. Northwestern has done a great job of covering against the Spartans and with double-digit points, I think that continues here.