Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Louis Brown Athletic Center
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The Michigan State Spartans travel to Louis Brown Athletic Center to play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The opening line for this game has Michigan State as 22.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 138.
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The Spartans come into this game with an overall record of 24-5 and a road record of 6-3. They are 19-9 against the spread and their over/under record is 14-14. The Scarlet Knights have an overall record of 6-23 and a home record of 6-10. They have an over/under record of 15-8 and they are 8-15 against the spread.
Denzel Valentine comes into this contest averaging 19.6 points per game while playing 32.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Spartans. He pulls down 7.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is currently at 84%. Bryn Forbes averages 14.6 points per game in 27.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.6 assists per contest and 2.2 rebounds per game for Michigan State. His field goal percentage is 50% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Corey Sanders averages 16.2 points per game while playing 33.6 minutes per contest this year for the Scarlet Knights. He grabs 3.2 rebounds per game and has 4.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 72%. Mike Williams averages 11.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 27.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.6 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 77%.
Michigan State averages 79.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 30th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 16.4 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them ranked 17th. Behind the arc they shoot 43% which is good for 1st in the country. They average 42.1 rebounds per game and 20.6 assists per game which ranks them 3rd and 1st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 99th with 11.9 per game. The Spartans allow 63.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the nation. They also allow a 37% shooting percentage and a 30% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 8th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 30.6 rebounds a game which ranks 13th and they give up 10.6 assists per contest which puts them in 14th place in the country. They force 9.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 346th in the Division 1.
Rutgers averages 67.2 points per game this year which ranks them 287th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is -14 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team which has them sitting in the 287th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 311th in the nation. They average 34.4 rebounds per game and 11.3 assists per contest which ranks them 247th and 295th respectively. In the turnover department the Scarlet Knights rank 245th with 13.4 per game. The Scarlet Knights allow 81.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 334th in the country. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 283rd and 296th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 41.9 rebounds a game which ranks 344th and they give up 16.1 assists per contest which puts them in 331st place in the nation. The Scarlet Knights force 11.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 278th in college basketball.
The Spartans average 81.6 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 79.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 12.3 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 20.7 per contest. The Spartans have an offensive rating of 117.8 and they assist on 71.7% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 67.1 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 56%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 59% and they shoot 3 pointers on 35% of their shots. Michigan State turns the ball over an average of 14.9 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 6.4% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 57.9% while their offensive rebound percentage is 37%. The Spartans give up 69.4 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 58.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Scarlet Knights score 72.3 ppg at home and they have averaged 59.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -24.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -7.3 points per game. The Scarlet Knights have a rating on offense of 93.4 and 47.1% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 71.2 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 46%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 49% and they attempt 3 pointers on 27% of their shots. Rutgers turns it over an average of 16.7 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 8.3% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 45.7% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 25.7%. The Scarlet Knights give up 79.6 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 83.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
The Michigan State Spartans are 19-9 against the spread
The Michigan State Spartans are 14-14 against the over/under
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Betting Trends
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 8-15 against the spread
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 15-8 against the over/under
Michigan State Spartans Injuries
02/16/16 F Kenny Goins Foot expected to miss 2-4 weeks
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Injuries
12/19/15 C Shaquille Doorson Foot out for season
12/11/15 F DeShawn Freeman Knee out for season
03/01/16 G Corey Sanders Suspension Served probable Wednesday vs. Michigan State
03/01/16 F Greg Lewis Foot "?" Wednesday vs. Michigan State
03/01/16 F Ibrahima Diallo Foot "?" Wednesday vs. Michigan State
Josh's Pick: Take Michigan State
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