Michigan State vs. Kansas - 11/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas Jayhawks (1-0) at Michigan State Spartans (1-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kansas Jayhawks and Michigan State Spartans play Tuesday night at the United Center.
The Kansas Jayhawks look for a 2-0 start after beating Northern Colorado on Friday. The Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 109 points on 55.7 percent shooting and are allowing 72 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Brannen Greene is averaging 18 points and two rebounds while Perry Ellis is averaging 16 points and two rebounds. Devonte' Graham is dishing eight assists and Jamari Traylor is grabbing seven rebounds. The Kansas Jayhawks made 15 threes and forced 21 turnovers in their season opening victory. Kansas is as deep of a team as it's had in awhile, and if the Jayhawks can sink those threes with any consistency, it could be a long season for the rest of the Big 12.
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The Michigan State Spartans also look for a quick start after beating Florida Atlantic on Friday. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 82 points on 48.4 percent shooting and are allowing 55 points on 33.9 percent shooting. Matt Costello is averaging 15 points and seven rebounds while Deyonta Davis is averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds. Denzel Valentine is dishing nine assists and Javon Bess is grabbing six rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans played a complete team game in their season opener, producing 25 assists on 30 made buckets. MSU also showed its strength after grabbing 53 rebounds, 18 of which came on the offensive side. The Spartans are still that big and physical team they’ve been in the past. Gavin Schilling is out with a toe injury.
The Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Jayhawks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Spartans have a deep and big front line that should be able to give Kansas a fight on the glass and lead to second chance points. I also think Valentine could be the best player right now in this game. I like the points here, as this is closer to a toss-up.