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Michigan State vs. Northwestern - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Northwestern Wildcats (9-4) at Michigan State Spartans (11-2)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -12.5 -- Over/Under: 144
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Northwestern Wildcats (9-4) at Michigan State Spartans (11-2)
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The Northwestern Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Breslin Center.

The Northwestern Wildcats look for a statement win after splitting their last six games. The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 73.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 61.6 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Vic Law is averaging 18.9 points and 6.5 rebounds while Dererk Pardon is averaging 13.8 points and 2.2 assists. Ryan Taylor is the third double-digit scorer and A.J. Turner is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Northwestern Wildcats are allowing 28.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Northwestern Wildcats have lost their only other road game this season.

The Michigan State Spartans look for another victory to build on their six-game winning streak. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 87.6 points on 50.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 37.1 percent shooting. Cassius Winston is averaging 17.5 points and 7.5 assists while Nick Ward is averaging 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. Joshua Langford is the third double-digit scorer and Xavier Tillman is dishing 2.1 assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan State Spartans are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.8 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won all seven home games this season.

The Wildcats are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wildcats are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Michigan St and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Spartans last 7 overall. The under is 5-2 in Wildcats last 7 overall.

The Michigan State Spartans are looking scary at the moment, as the offense seems to get better each game and they're outscoring teams by 30.6 points while shooting 51.4 percent from the field at home this season. With that said, the Northwestern Wildcats are an experienced team that plays smart and is currently top-20 in points allowed and three-point percentage allowed. Northwestern can control the pace of this game and make things very tight for Michigan State. I like the points and the Northwestern Wildcats. 

Pick:
Northwestern Wildcats +12.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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