Rutgers vs. Michigan State - 3/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (24-5) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-23)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +22.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Wednesday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
The Michigan State Spartans look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last nine games. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 79.8 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 63.3 points on 37.1 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 19.6 points and 7.2 assists while Bryn Forbes is averaging 14.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. Matt Costello is the third double-digit scorer and Eron Harris is dishing two assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 43.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Spartans are allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won five of their last seven road games.
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights haven’t won a single game since December 28. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 67.2 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 81.2 points on 46 percent shooting. Corey Sanders is averaging 16.2 points and 4.1 assists while Mike Williams is averaging 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds. Bishop Daniels is dishing 2.9 assists and D.J. Foreman is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. The Scarlet Knights are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost seven straight home games.
The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
We know Michigan State is one of the better teams in college basketball and a case can be made for Rutgers being the worst power conference team as well. However, this is the second to last home game for the Scarlet Knights, a team that has four seniors and would like to end the season on a positive note. I just can't eat this many points in this spot.