Thursday, January 28, 2016
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The Michigan State Spartans travel to Welsh-Ryan Arena to play the Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The opening line for this game has Michigan State as 6 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 138.
The Spartans come into this game with an overall record of 17-4 and a road record of 3-2. They are 11-9 against the spread and their over/under record is 8-12. The Wildcats have an overall record of 15-6 and a home record of 10-3. They have an over/under record of 9-8 and they are 8-8 against the spread.
Denzel Valentine comes into this contest averaging 18.4 points per game while playing 31.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Spartans. He pulls down 7.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Bryn Forbes averages 13.6 points per game in 26.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 2.3 rebounds per game for Michigan State. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Bryant McIntosh averages 15.1 points per game while playing 35.4 minutes per contest this year for the Wildcats. He grabs 3.6 rebounds per game and has 7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Tre Demps averages 14.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 37 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.5 rebounds per contest and 3.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 65%.
Michigan State averages 78.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 55th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 15 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them ranked 28th. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 25th in the country. They average 42.5 rebounds per game and 20 assists per game which ranks them 5th and 1st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 84th with 11.8 per game. The Spartans allow 63.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 16th in the nation. They also allow a 37% shooting percentage and a 28% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 30.5 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 10.2 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the country. They force 9.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 348th in the Division 1.
Northwestern averages 74.1 points per game this year which ranks them 137th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 8.6 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them sitting in the 64th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 156th in the nation. They average 37.7 rebounds per game and 16.8 assists per contest which ranks them 98th and 21st respectively. In the turnover department the Wildcats rank 14th with 10.2 per game. The Wildcats allow 65.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 36th in the country. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 40th and 106th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 34.2 rebounds a game which ranks 87th and they give up 14.9 assists per contest which puts them in 277th place in the nation. The Wildcats force 11 turnovers per game which ranks them 313th in college basketball.
The Spartans average 81.6 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 73.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 10.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 2.3 per contest. The Spartans have an offensive rating of 115.8 and they assist on 71% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 67.3 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 54%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they shoot 3 pointers on 33% of their shots. Michigan State turns the ball over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 6.3% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 58.3% while their offensive rebound percentage is 37.3%.
The Wildcats score 76.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 58.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -15.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 13.9 points per game. The Wildcats have a rating on offense of 111.5 and 62.2% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 64.9 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they attempt 3 pointers on 41% of their shots. Northwestern turns it over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 6.1% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 52.5% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 31%.
Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
The Michigan State Spartans are 11-9 against the spread
The Michigan State Spartans are 8-12 against the over/under
Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 8-8 against the spread
The Northwestern Wildcats are 9-8 against the over/under
Michigan State Spartans Injuries
01/25/16 F Matt Costello Ankle probable Thursday vs. Northwestern
01/17/16 G Lourawls Nairn Jr Foot out indefinitely
Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
11/11/15 F Vic Law Shoulder out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Michigan State
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