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Michigan State vs. Notre Dame - 11/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0) at Michigan State Spartans (5-1)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Breslin Center)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


We’ve got a great college basketball matchup on tap for Thursday evening as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Michigan State Spartans at Breslin Center. 

Notre Dame enters this game with a 6-0 record so far this year. The Irish have beaten DePaul, Mt. St. Mary’s, Chicago State, Chaminade, LSU and Wichita State in succession. In that Shockers game, Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson put up 25 points and 11 rebounds. 

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Michigan State vs. Notre Dame - 11/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Leading the way for the Fighting Irish this year in scoring is Colson, who has 20.0 PPG and 10.5 RPG. Matt Farrell (17.5 PPG; 4.3 APG) and TJ Gibbs (15.5 PPG; 3.2 APG) are also averaging in double-figures for Notre Dame. 

Over on the Michigan State side, they’re currently 5-1 this year. Since the Spartans’ lone blemish to Duke, they’ve beaten Stony Brook, DePaul, Connecticut and North Carolina. In that Tar Heels game, Michigan State’s Joshua Langford was tops in scoring with 23 points and four rebounds. 

Miles Bridges heads up the Spartans scoring this year with 15.2 PPG and 6.8 RPG, and Nick Ward is second on 13.8 PPG and 6.3 RPG. Langford is also averaging in double-digits for Michigan State (13.7 PPG), as are Cassius Winston (12.2 PPG; 7.5 RPG) and Jaren Jackson (10.0 PPG; 8.2 RPG). 

The Irish are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the Big 10. Notre Dame is also 21-7 ATS in their last 28 Thursday games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 road games. 

Meanwhile, the Spartans are 13-3- ATS in their last 16 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 versus the ACC. Michigan State is also 37-18-1 ATS in their last 56 Thursday games and the over is 7-1 in their last eight versus the ACC. 

The Irish started out very slow in that Wichita State game, trailing 37-23 at the break. To their credit, they flipped the proverbial script in the second for a 44-29 ending and a one-point win. The Spartans’ win over NC was a little more convincing, even though they were aided by a pretty cold-shooting Tar Heels squad. In any case, this should be a great game, but I like Michigan State’s depth and well-rounded roster just a little more. I’ll take the Spartans to cover here.

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