Thursday, February 2, 2017
Bob Devaney Sports Center
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The Michigan State Spartans head to Bob Devaney Sports Center to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The opening line for this game has Michigan State as 1.5 point favorites.
The Spartans come into this game with an overall record of 13-9 and a road record of 1-3. They are 10-11 against the spread and their over/under record is 10-10. The Cornhuskers have an overall record of 10-11 and a home record of 7-4. They have an over/under record of 8-11 and they are 10-9 against the spread.
Miles Bridges comes into this contest averaging 16.3 points per game while playing 31.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Spartans. He pulls down 8.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is currently at 61%. Nick Ward averages 13.2 points per game in 19.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 0.5 assists per contest and 6 rebounds per game for Michigan State. His field goal percentage is 60% for the year while his free throw percentage is 55%.
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Tai Webster averages 18.1 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per contest this year for the Cornhuskers. He grabs 5.1 rebounds per game and has 4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 73%. Glynn Watson Jr. averages 14.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 3 rebounds per contest and 2.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Michigan State averages 72.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 189th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 3.9 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them ranked 40th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 43rd in the country. They average 36.5 rebounds per game and 17.7 assists per game which ranks them 133rd and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 248th with 14.2 per game. The Spartans allow 68.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 69th in the nation. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 194th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 33.8 rebounds a game which ranks 87th and they give up 13 assists per contest which puts them in 141st place in the country. They force 11.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 295th in Division 1.
Nebraska averages 71.6 points per game this year which ranks them 200th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is -1.5 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them sitting in the 271st spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 244th in the nation. They average 38.2 rebounds per game and 11.4 assists per contest which ranks them 60th and 287th respectively. In the turnover department the Cornhuskers rank 100th with 12.6 per game. The Cornhuskers allow 73.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 185th in the country. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 41% average from behind the arc ranking them 174th and 342nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 37.9 rebounds a game which ranks 277th and they give up 12.8 assists per contest which puts them in 135th place in the nation. The Cornhuskers force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 104th in college basketball.
The Spartans average 66.8 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 72.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -5.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -3.3 per contest. The Spartans have an offensive rating of 104.6 and they assist on 68.5% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 68.5 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 55%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they shoot 3 pointers on 38% of their shots. Michigan State turns the ball over an average of 18.4 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.9% while their offensive rebound percentage is 28.5%. The Spartans give up 71.9 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 76 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Cornhuskers score 73.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 69.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -3.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 2.4 points per game. The Cornhuskers have a rating on offense of 101.8 and 44.7% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 69.5 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 47%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 51% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Nebraska turns it over an average of 15.4 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 10.1% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 50.9% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 33.7%. The Cornhuskers give up 71 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 72.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
The Michigan State Spartans are 10-11 against the spread
The Michigan State Spartans are 10-10 against the over/under
Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Trends
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 10-9 against the spread
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 8-11 against the over/under
Michigan State Spartans Injuries
11/11/16 F Ben Carter Knee out for season
11/11/16 F Gavin Schilling Knee out for season
02/01/17 F Nick Ward Flu probable Thursday vs. Nebraska
Nebraska Cornhuskers Injuries
12/28/16 G Anton Gill Knee out for season
11/12/16 G James Palmer Eligibility out for season
02/01/17 C Jordy Tshimanga Foot probable Thursday vs. Michigan State
02/01/17 F Michael Jacobson Flu probable Thursday vs. Michigan State
02/01/17 G Tai Webster Ankle probable Thursday vs. Michigan State
01/11/17 F Edward Morrow Foot out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Michigan State -1.5
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