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Rutgers vs. Michigan State - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State Spartans (7-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

Over at the RAC on Tuesday, the Michigan State Spartans and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be matching up in college basketball activity. 

Michigan State does into this game at 7-1 overall, with their lone blemish being a loss to Duke. In the last three, the Spartans have beaten North Carolina, Notre Dame and Nebraska. In that one, Spartans forward Nick ward put up 22 points and seven rebounds. 

Rutgers vs. Michigan State - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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On the season, Ward is averaging 14.6 PPG and 6.3 RPG for Michigan State, and Miles Bridges is right there as well with 14.6 PPG and 6.6 RPG. Also in double-digits for the Spartans are Joshua Langford (13.4 PPG), Cassius Winston (13.3 PPG; 7.4 APG) and Jaren Jackson (10.0 PPG; 7.8 RPG). 

Over on the Rutgers side, they’re currently 6-2 on the year. The Scarlet Knights started out with six straight wins but have lost their last two against Florida State and Minnesota. In that Gophers game, Rutgers’ Mamadou Doucoure was the top scorer with 13 points and nine boards. 

This year, Corey Sanders leads the Knights on 12.6 PPG, and Geo Baker is sitting on 11.5 PPG. Also in double-figures for Rutgers are Deshawn Freeman (11.4 PPG; 9.3 RPG) and Eugene Omoruyi (10.9 PPG; 5.3 RPG). 

The Spartans are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win. Michigan State is also 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall and 25-10 ATS in their last 35 versus the Big 10. 

Meanwhile, the Knights are 5-2 ATS in their last seven following an ATS loss and 16-37 ATS in their last 53 versus the Big 10. Rutgers is also 15-36 ATS in their last 51 games following a straight-up loss and 4-23 ATS in their last 27 Tuesday games. 

That Duke loss really set a fire underneath the Spartans, as they’ve now blown out six straight teams—including two ranked squads. As for Rutgers, they started out great against a handful of lesser teams but have struggled against the bigger-name schools so far. Still, Rutgers has enough scoring on board this year that I think they can hang around and eke into a cover here. I’ll take the Scarlet Knights.

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