Michigan State vs. Nebraska - 12/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-2) at Michigan State Spartans (6-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some Big Ten conference college basketball action on tap on Sunday as the Nebraska Cornhuskers take on the #3 Michigan State Spartans.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will look for a big road upset to kick off conference play and extend their current 3-game winning streak after a 71-62 win over Boston College last time out. Isaac Copeland and James Palmer Jr. tied for the team-high with 15 points with Copeland going 5 of 9 from the floor with a team-high 8 rebounds, while Palmer Jr. went 7 of 13 with a team-high 5 steals. Evan Taylor added 13 points on 5 for 10 shooting with 3 triples while Glynn Watson Jr. added 10 points with a team-leading 6 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for the Huskers in the win. Palmer Jr. leads the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game while Copeland is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.6 boards per game and Watson Jr. is the team’s leading assist man, dishing out 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Nebraska is scoring 75.6 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 68.9% from the foul line this season.
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The #3 Michigan State Spartans will look to start conference play with a win after extending their winning streak to 5 games after an 81-63 win over Notre Dame in their last outing. Joshua Langford and Cassius Winston tied for the team lead with 17 points apiece, with Langford going 7 of 13 while Winston went 6 of 10 with 5 triples, 5 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists. Miles Bridges came next with 14 points on 6 of 15 shooting with 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Nick Ward chipped in 12 points to finish off the double digit scoring for Sparty in the win. Bridges leads the team in scoring this season with an average of 15 points per game while Winston is the team’s top assist man with 7.4 assists per game and Jaren Jackson Hr. is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Michigan State is scoring 80.9 points per game on 50.6% shooting from the field, 38.6% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the foul line this season. Michigan State also boasts a stout defense, holding opponents to just 63 points per game on 35.1% shooting from the field, the 3rd-lowest percentage in the country.
Nebraska is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Michigan State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 home games while the over is 10-3 in their last 13 Sunday games. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
As solid as Nebraska’s start to the season has been, Michigan State has been as good as advertised and just held two of the top teams in the ACC to a combined 108 points. The Spartans are just doing it all and doing it well right now and I think they start conference play with a decisive win and cover in this one.