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Nebraska vs. Michigan State - 1/17/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Michigan State at Nebraska
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Lincoln, Nebraska
The Line
Nebraska Cornhuskers +1 O/U: 145
TV Channel
FS1
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The Michigan State Spartans and the Nebraska Cornhuskers will meet up in college basketball activity on Thursday.

Michigan State is sitting on a nice 15-2 record right now. The Spartans are sitting on a 10-game win streak since falling to Louisville way back on November 27, and they most recently took out Penn State on Sunday.

In the win over the Nittany Lions, Michigan State’s Nick Ward led the team on a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Matt McQuaid chipped in 15 points for the Spartans, and Kenny Goins pulled down 10 rebounds with seven points and three assists.

Over on the Nebraska side, they’re sitting at 13-4 this season. Following consecutive losses to Maryland and Iowa, the Cornhuskers have won their last two games versus Penn State and Indiana.

In the win over the Hoosiers, Nebraska’s Glynn Watson led the charge on 15 points, five rebounds and two assists. Isaac Copeland helped out the Cornhuskers on 14 points and eight rebounds in that one.

The Spartans are 6-0 ATS in their last six following a straight up win and 5-0 ATS in their last five following an ATS win. Michigan State is also 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 6-0 ATS in their last six versus the Big Ten.

Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers are 22-5 ATS in their last 27 following a straight-up win and 29-8-1 ATS in their last 38 overall. Nebraska is 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 home games and 18-6 ATS in their last 24 versus the Big Ten.

Michigan State is rolling along nicely as expected, but here’s where their schedule starts to toughen up, and we’ll get to see what the Spartans are made of. With Maryland, Iowa and Indiana lurking in the next five games, Michigan State might be looking at a trap here.

Aside from Iowa, the Cornhuskers have stood tall against all comers lately, and the win over the Hoosiers definitely helps their standing on the national stage.

This one will be a must-watch game, but in the end I think the Spartans can eke it out. Michigan State is just red hot ATS in most facets lately.

Pick:
Michigan State Spartans -1

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