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Northwestern vs. Michigan State - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State Spartans (25-3) at Northwestern Wildcats (15-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Allstate Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Coming up from Allstate Arena on Saturday, the Michigan State Wolverines and the Northwestern Wildcats will be matching up on the college basketball circuit. 

Michigan State enters this game with a nice 25-3 record overall. The Spartans have won their last nine straight games, taking out Minnesota in their last appearance. In that one, Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson managed 27 points. 

Northwestern vs. Michigan State - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Michigan State’s leading scorer is Miles Bridges (17.3 PPG; 7.0 RPG), and Nick Ward is second on 13.1 PPG and 7.5 RPG. Also in the Spartans’ double-digits club are Joshua Langford (12.5 PPG), Cassius Winston (12.1 PPG) and Jaren Jackson (11.6 PPG). 

Over on the Northwestern side, they’re sitting at 15-12 this year. The Wildcats have lost their last two games, and fell to Rutgers on Tuesday in OT. In that one, Northwestern guard Scottie Lindsey put up 19 points. 

Lindsey is also the top scorer for the Wildcats on the year with 14.6 PPG, and Bryant McIntosh has 12.1 PPG. Vic Law (11.8 PPG) and Dererk Pardon (11.4 PPG; 7.0 RPG) are also in double-figures for Northwestern. 

The Spartans are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS win and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games. Michigan State is also 1-4-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and 1-4-2 ATS in their last seven versus the Big Ten. 

Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight-up loss. The under is 5-0 in Northwestern’s last five games and 8-2 in their last 10 versus the Big Ten. 

Michigan State has had a few close calls during this win streak (like escaping Indiana and Purdue by just three points apiece), but overall they’ve been pretty dominant against Big Ten competition lately. As for Northwestern, they’ve scored just 115 points over their last two games, and haven’t gotten past 61 points in any of their last five. It’s really tempting to take the Spartans here, but I think Northwestern will wake up at home and get that offense in gear to cover.

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