Saturday, January 2, 2016
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
The Michigan State Spartans travel to Williams Arena to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday, January 2, 2016. The opening line for this game has Michigan State as 10 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 146.
The Spartans come into this game with an overall record of 13-1 and a road record of 1-1. They are 8-5 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-8. The Golden Gophers have an overall record of 6-7 and a home record of 5-3. They have an over/under record of 8-3 and they are 2-9 against the spread.
Denzel Valentine comes into this contest averaging 18.5 points per game while playing 30.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Spartans. He pulls down 8.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is currently at 85%. Bryn Forbes averages 13.4 points per game in 26.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.1 assists per contest and 2.2 rebounds per game for Michigan State. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Joey King averages 13.2 points per game while playing 30.6 minutes per contest this year for the Golden Gophers. He grabs 3.6 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 91%. Nate Mason averages 12.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.5 rebounds per contest and 4.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 82%.
Michigan State averages 80.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 41st in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 19 and their shooting percentage is 49% as a team which has them ranked 26th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 34th in the country. They average 43.6 rebounds per game and 21.4 assists per game which ranks them 8th and 2nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 127th with 12.6 per game. The Spartans allow 61.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the nation. They also allow a 36% shooting percentage and a 28% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 9th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 29.7 rebounds a game which ranks 8th and they give up 10.9 assists per contest which puts them in 35th place in the country. They force 10 turnovers per game which ranks them 339th in the Division 1.
Minnesota averages 72.8 points per game this year which ranks them 160th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is -0.1 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team which has them sitting in the 267th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 171st in the nation. They average 36.4 rebounds per game and 12.8 assists per contest which ranks them 177th and 193rd respectively. In the turnover department the Golden Gophers rank 35th with 10.9 per game. The Golden Gophers allow 72.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 190th in the country. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 162nd and 295th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 39.2 rebounds a game which ranks 274th and they give up 16.1 assists per contest which puts them in 305th place in the nation. The Golden Gophers force 12.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 204th in college basketball.
Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
The Michigan State Spartans are 8-5 against the spread
The Michigan State Spartans are 5-8 against the over/under
Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 2-9 against the spread
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 8-3 against the over/under
Michigan State Spartans Injuries
12/21/15 G Denzel Valentine Knee expected to miss 2-4 weeks
Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
12/23/15 G Jarvis Johnson Heart out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Michigan State
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Josh Schonwald
Get all of this Weeks College Basketball Picks
Get all of this Weeks guaranteed Expert College Basketball Picks