Thursday, February 18, 2016
Breslin Student Events Center
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The Wisconsin Badgers travel to Breslin Student Events Center to play the Michigan State Spartans on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The opening line for this game has Michigan State as 10.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 136.
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The Badgers come into this game with an overall record of 16-9 and a road record of 4-3. They are 13-11 against the spread and their over/under record is 13-12. The Spartans have an overall record of 21-5 and a home record of 11-2. They have an over/under record of 12-13 and they are 16-9 against the spread.
Nigel Hayes comes into this contest averaging 17.1 points per game while playing 36.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Badgers. He pulls down 5.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is currently at 74%. Bronson Koenig averages 13.4 points per game in 34.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.3 assists per contest and 2.5 rebounds per game for Wisconsin. His field goal percentage is 40% for the year while his free throw percentage is 78%.
Denzel Valentine averages 19.5 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per contest this year for the Spartans. He grabs 7.7 rebounds per game and has 7.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Bryn Forbes averages 14 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 27.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.1 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 82%.
Wisconsin averages 69.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 236th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 5.3 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 193rd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 107th in the country. They average 36.1 rebounds per game and 11.2 assists per game which ranks them 164th and 298th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 45th with 11.3 per game. The Badgers allow 64.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the nation. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 121st and 319th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 31.2 rebounds a game which ranks 18th and they give up 10 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the country. They force 12.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 227th in the Division 1.
Michigan State averages 79.8 points per game this year which ranks them 31st in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 16 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them sitting in the 19th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 42% which is good for 4th in the nation. They average 42.4 rebounds per game and 20.7 assists per contest which ranks them 4th and 1st respectively. In the turnover department the Spartans rank 101st with 12 per game. The Spartans allow 63.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the country. They also allow a 37% shooting percentage and a 29% average from behind the arc ranking them 2nd and 7th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 30.6 rebounds a game which ranks 10th and they give up 10.8 assists per contest which puts them in 23rd place in the nation. The Spartans force 9.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 346th in college basketball.
The Badgers average 63.4 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 0.3 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 11.7 per contest. The Badgers have an offensive rating of 107.1 and they assist on 47.1% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 64.4 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 32% of their shots. Wisconsin turns the ball over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 8.7% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 53.7% while their offensive rebound percentage is 35.5%. The Badgers give up 63.1 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 62 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Spartans score 77.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 86 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 11.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 20.2 points per game. The Spartans have a rating on offense of 117.2 and 72.1% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 67.4 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 56%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they attempt 3 pointers on 35% of their shots. Michigan State turns it over an average of 15.1 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 6.4% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 58.1% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 37%. The Spartans give up 57.8 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 74.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Wisconsin Badgers Betting Trends
The Wisconsin Badgers are 13-11 against the spread
The Wisconsin Badgers are 13-12 against the over/under
Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
The Michigan State Spartans are 16-9 against the spread
The Michigan State Spartans are 12-13 against the over/under
Wisconsin Badgers Injuries
12/14/15 G Riley Dearring Personal has left team
12/04/15 G Brevin Pritzl Foot out indefinitely
11/13/15 F Andy Van Vliet Eligibility out for season
Michigan State Spartans Injuries
02/16/16 F Kenny Goins Foot expected to miss 2-4 weeks
Josh's Pick: Take Wisconsin
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