Northwestern Wildcats (8-6) vs. Michigan State Spartans (14-2)
January 15, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -8.5 / Northwestern Wildcats +8.5; Over/Under: -148.5
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The Northwestern Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Breslin Center. The Northwestern Wildcats look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Michigan State Spartans look to build on their nine-game winning streak.
The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 78.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Pete Nance is averaging 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, while Boo Buie is averaging 14.8 points and 2.6 rebounds. Chase Audige is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Young is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern Wildcats are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game.
The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 75.5 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Gabe Brown is averaging 14.4 points and 1.1 assists, while Max Christie is averaging 10.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. Marcus Bingham Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Hall is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan State Spartans are allowing 29 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The over is 5-1 in Wildcats last 6 Saturday games. The over is 6-2-1 in Spartans last 9 overall. The favorite is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
The Northwestern Wildcats are out here looking rough during this losing streak, and they’re failing to cover numbers. The Michigan State Spartans are the hottest team in the Big Ten, and they win at home by an average of 16.6 points. Northwestern is better than its inconsistent record suggests, but MSU is likely going to be too much here. I’ll lay the chalk.