The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan State Spartans meet in college basketball action from the Moda Center on Thursday night.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will look to build off of a 104-62 win over Jacksonville State in their last game. Brandon Miller leads the Tide in scoring with 20.2 PPG along with 9.3 RPG while Mark Sears has 15.3 PPG with 5.5 RPG and a team-high 3.5 APG to lead the Tide in the assist department. Rylan Griffen has 10.3 PPG with 4.3 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Alabama up to this point in the year while Noah Clowney has a team-high 10.5 RPG to lead the Tide in rebounding this season. As a team, Alabama is averaging 84.8 PPG on 43.1% shooting from the field, 33.6% from three and 71.4% from the foul line this season.
The Michigan State Spartans will look to build on their 73-71 win over Villanova last time out. Joey Hauser leads the Spartans in scoring with 14 PPG along with 6 RPG while Tyson Walker has 13.5 PPG with 4.8 APG and Malik Hall has 12 PPG with 5.3 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Michigan State up to this point in the year. A.J. Hoggard has 9.5 PPG with a team-high 8.3 APG to lead Sparty in assists while Mady Sissoko has 8.8 PPG with a team-high 6.5 RPG to lead the Spartans on the glass up to this point in the year. As a team, Michigan State is averaging 73.8 PPG on 44.2% shooting from the field, 36.8% from behind the arc and 73.9% from the foul line this season.
Alabama is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 neutral site games. Michigan State is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 games overall.
I get the case to be made for either side here, but I’m going to lean towards Alabama here. I just think that the Tide are the better team here and Alabama is the better team from a rebounding perspective, which is one weakness of the Spartans and could be key down the stretch in limiting second chances opportunities for the Spartans. I’ll side with Alabama laying the reasonable number here.