Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-2) at Michigan State Spartans (7-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Jack Breslin Student Events Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -1.5 -- Over/Under: 152 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Michigan State Spartans meet in college basketball action from the Breslin Center on Tuesday night.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will look to bounce back after falling short in a 77-75 loss to Iowa last time out. Ron Harper Jr. leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring with 22.1 PPG, shooting 53.6% from the field and 48.3% from 3-point range this season along with 7 RPG. Jacob Young is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 15.7 PPG and 5.2 APG while Montez Mathis is right behind with 15.3 PPG and Geo Baker has 10.2 PPG with 3.2 APG this season as Rutgers’ 4th and final double-digit scorer heading into Tuesday’s matchup. Myles Johnson also has 8 PPG and a team-high 8.7 RPG for Rutgers this season. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 80 PPG on 49% shooting from the field, 39.3% from 3-point range and 60.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.6 points on 42.3% shooting from the field and 30.8% from 3-point range this season.
The Michigan State Spartans will look to build off of an 84-77 road win over Nebraska in their last matchup. Aaron Henry leads the Spartans in scoring and assists, posting 13.4 PPG and 4.1 APG in addition to 5.2 RPG this season while Joey Hauser is the only other double-digit scorer for Michigan State in the win, averaging 12.3 PPG in addition to his team-leading 7.9 RPG this season. Rocket Watts has also chipped in 9.8 PPG and 3.9 APG for the Spartans this season. As a team, Michigan State is averaging 79 PPG on 45.1% shooting from the field, 34.9% from 3-point range and 75.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75.6 PPG on 43.6% shooting from the field and 35.6% from 3-point range this season.
Rutgers is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 20-6-2 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 road games. Michigan State is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these teams are scoring into the high-70s/low-80s this season, which can be a bit surprising as the normal assumption with Big Ten basketball is lower scoring games. However, Rutgers has put up 77.8 PPG in their last 5 games while Michigan State’s scored 78 PPG in their last 5 games and are giving up over 75 points per game as a whole up to this point in the season. I think we could see an 80-77 game or something along those lines whichever way you slice it, so I’ll take the over as my free pick but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium play that you can find here.