Michigan State vs. Savannah State - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Savannah State Tigers (3-11) at Michigan State Spartans (13-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -40 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Savannah State Tigers and Michigan State Spartans meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Breslin Center.
The Savannah State Tigers could use a big upset win here to rebound from a rough 3-11 record. The Savannah State Tigers are averaging 75.2 points on 36.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 51.9 percent shooting. Dexter McClanahan is averaging 13.6 points and 3.5 rebounds while Alante Fenner is averaging 10.7 points and 2.3 assists. Austin Dasent is grabbing 3.4 rebounds and Zach Sellers is dishing 3.6 assists. The Savannah State Tigers are shooting 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free throw line. The Savannah State Tigers are allowing 39.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.2 rebounds per game. The Savannah State Tigers have lost eight straight road games.
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The Michigan State Spartans look for another victory to build on their 12-game winning streak. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 86.3 points on 52.3 percent shooting and allowing 62.1 points on 33.4 percent shooting. Miles Bridges is averaging 16.8 points and 2.6 assists while Nick Ward is averaging 15 points and 7.3 rebounds. Joshua Langford is the third double-digit scorer and Cassius Winston is dishing 6.7 assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan State Spartans are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.9 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won 13 straight home games.
The Tigers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Ten and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Spartans last 4 overall and the over is 5-2 in Tigers last 7 overall.
The Savannah State Tigers aren't nearly as bad as the numbers indicate, as they've played road games against Cincinnati, Wichita State, Texas A&M, Baylor and Virginia, all top-25 teams in the country. If there was any small school that's seen it all and should be prepared for this type of game, it would be Savannah State. You also have to question just how motivated the Michigan State Spartans are to blow the doors off with the Big Ten schedule coming up. And there's the obvious fact that a lot has to go right to win by 40-plus. I wouldn't touch this game, but if forced to pick, give me the points.