Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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The Michigan State Spartans travel to Williams Arena to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.
The Spartans come into this game with an overall record of 8-5 and a road record of 0-1. They are 5-7 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-6. The Golden Gophers have an overall record of 12-1 and a home record of 11-0. They have an over/under record of 4-7 and they are 7-4 against the spread.
Nick Ward comes into this contest averaging 13.2 points per game while playing 17.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Spartans. He pulls down 6.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 0.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 61% while his free throw percentage is currently at 56%. Eron Harris averages 13.4 points per game in 24.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 3.8 rebounds per game for Michigan State. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 71%.
Nate Mason averages 13.2 points per game while playing 33.4 minutes per contest this year for the Golden Gophers. He grabs 3.2 rebounds per game and has 5.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage currently is at 74%. Dupree McBrayer averages 12.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.4 rebounds per contest and 3.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 72%.
Michigan State averages 72.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 169th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 4.1 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 47th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 78th in the country. They average 38.2 rebounds per game and 18.8 assists per game which ranks them 87th and 7th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 261st with 14.8 per game. The Spartans allow 68.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 91st in the nation. They also allow a 39% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 39th and 186th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.9 rebounds a game which ranks 86th and they give up 13.5 assists per contest which puts them in 177th place in the country. They force 11.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 311th in Division 1.
Minnesota averages 77.1 points per game this year which ranks them 83rd in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 12.4 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 135th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 150th in the nation. They average 40.5 rebounds per game and 16.2 assists per contest which ranks them 29th and 46th respectively. In the turnover department the Golden Gophers rank 77th with 12.4 per game. The Golden Gophers allow 64.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 41st in the country. They also allow a 37% shooting percentage and a 29% average from behind the arc ranking them 11th and 13th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 37.8 rebounds a game which ranks 253rd and they give up 11.1 assists per contest which puts them in 45th place in the nation. The Golden Gophers force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 137th in college basketball.
The Spartans average 64.7 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 -5.2 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 4 per contest. The Spartans have an offensive rating of 104.3 and they assist on 72.5% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 69.6 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 55%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 40% of their shots. Michigan State turns the ball over an average of 18.8 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 6% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 52.9% while their offensive rebound percentage is 30.1%. The Spartans give up 69.8 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 69.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Golden Gophers score 79.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 78.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 12.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 15 points per game. The Golden Gophers have a rating on offense of 106 and 62.4% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 72.7 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 32% of their shots. Minnesota turns it over an average of 15 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 8.7% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.8% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 29.9%. The Golden Gophers give up 64.9 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 66 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
The Michigan State Spartans are 5-7 against the spread
The Michigan State Spartans are 5-6 against the over/under
Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 7-4 against the spread
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 4-7 against the over/under
Michigan State Spartans Injuries
12/20/16 F Miles Bridges Ankle out indefinitely
11/11/16 F Ben Carter Knee out for season
11/11/16 F Gavin Schilling Knee out indefinitely
Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
11/08/16 F Davonte Fitzgerald Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota
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