Kentucky Wildcats vs. Michigan State Spartans - 11/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (0-1) at Kentucky Wildcats (2-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -5 -- Over/Under: 153.5 See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Tuesday from Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Michigan State Spartans will be meeting up with the Kentucky Wildcats in college basketball action.
Michigan State is coming into this game with a 0-1 record on the season so far, losing their opener 65-63 to Arizona this past Friday. In that one, Michigan State outscored Arizona 33-31 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap left by a 34-30 first half.
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Miles Bridges led the Spartans in scoring in that game, posting 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. Both Matt McQuaid and Nick Ward scored nine points for Michigan State, with McQuaid bagging two assists, a rebound and a steal while Ward put up four rebounds, a steal and a block.
Over on the Kentucky side, they’re entering play here with a 2-0 record in the early-going. The Wildcats beat Stephen F. Austin 87-64 in their opener and Canisius 93-69 over the weekend. In that game, De’Aaron Fox and Isaiah Briscoe each scored 21 points to lead Kentucky.
On the young season so far, Briscoe is averaging a nice 19 points with three rebounds and 1.5 assists, while Fox is playing well for the Wildcats as well on 16.5 PPG, 7.5 APG and 4.0 RPG. Malik Monk is also in double-figure averages for Kentucky so far with 13 PPG.
Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral site games, and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall. Kentucky is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win, and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss.
Meanwhile, Michigan State is 5-2 ATS in their last seven Tuesday games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss. Michigan State is also 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
We’ve only seen a brief slice of what Michigan State can do so far, but by the early indications they’re going to have to get some secondary scoring quick. Bridges was great in the opener, but he needs a supporting cast. Kentucky, meanwhile, seems to have a nice balance to their offense and should be able to cover here.