Western Michigan Broncos vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 12/6/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Location: Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Western Michigan (+24)
The Western Michigan Broncos (0-1) are headed to Breslin Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Michigan State Spartans (4-0). The line on this matchup has Michigan State as 24-point favorites. The O/U is set at 143.
Western Michigan steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 0-1 for the year. They are averaging 62 points per outing (255th in D-1) while going 46.0% from the floor. The Broncos are hitting 50.0% on 3-point shots (9 of 18) and 70.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Western Michigan is pulling in 34 rebounds per game and is sitting with 13 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 278th in the nation in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13 times per game and as a squad they commit 19 fouls every game. When they are on the defensive end, the Broncos have forced 6 turnovers per contest while drawing 14 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 8th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 7 conceded for the campaign. The Broncos defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 40.4% (23 of 57) and they surrender 32 boards per contest as a team. They relinquish 25.0% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 100th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (66).
The Western Michigan Broncos faced the Butler Bulldogs and took a loss by a final of 66-62 in their last contest. Western Michigan ended the game with a 46.0% FG percentage (23 out of 50) and buried 9 out of their 18 3-point shots. When shot from the charity stripe, the Broncos made 7 of their 10 tries for a rate of 70.0%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they collected 33 with 1 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 13 assists in the matchup while getting 2 steals and 5 blocked shots. With regard to defending, Western Michigan allowed 46.0% from the floor on 23 of 50. Butler totaled 7 dimes and 7 steals for this contest. In addition, the Bulldogs collected 30 boards (5 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Butler walked away from this one shooting 62.5% from the charity stripe by converting 15 of 24 tries. They also made 5 out of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter.
B. Artis White is one guy who played a role in this matchup. He was able to score 17 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He saw the court for 35 mins and also snagged 7 rebounds. White finished the contest at 62.5% from the floor and dished out 5 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Broncos was Titus Wright. He pulled down 3 boards and tallied 2 dimes. He finished the game at 44.4% from the field in this matchup by going 4-of-9 (8 points). When the final whistle was blown, Wright played 28 minutes.
Michigan State has a record of 4-0 for the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Spartans are connecting on 46.8% from the floor, which is ranked 151st in college basketball. Michigan State has scored 321 pts so far this year (80.3 per contest) and they snag 42.8 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 19.5 times per game (27th in the nation) and they are giving up possession 15.5 times per contest. The Spartans are responsible for committing 18.5 fouls per game and they hit 73.8% from the free throw line. The Spartans defensively are ranked 154th in D-1 in points allowed per game with 70.5. They concede 12.5 assists and 35.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 142nd and 139th in the country. The Michigan State defense surrenders 25.0% on 3-pointers (22 of 88) and their opposition makes 79.5% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 10.8 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 37.5% from the floor (56th in the country).
The last time they took the court, the Michigan State Spartans went home victorious with a score of 83-76 when they played the Detroit Titans. The Spartans were able to collect 26 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 for the matchup. They also rejected 7 shots while getting 5 steals in this game. The Titans had 20 fouls in the matchup which got the Spartans to the charity stripe for a total of 23 attempts. They were able to make 19 of those for a rate of 82.6%. When it comes to 3-point shots, Michigan State made 6 of their 18 attempts (33.3%). In all, the Spartans finished the game shooting 29 out of 60 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.3%. The Spartans permitted the Titans to bury 30 of their 73 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 41.1% in this game. They finished the game shooting 21.7% from distance by going 5 of 23 and finished the contest at 11 of 11 at the free throw line (100.0%). When talking about attacking the glass, Michigan State permitted Detroit to grab 33 overall (12 on the offensive glass).
Rocket Watts pitched in for the Spartans in this contest. He converted 8 out of 14 for the game for a field goal percentage of 57.1%, which earned him 23 points. Watts totaled 4 rebounds in his 30 mins played and totaled 4 dimes for the contest. Someone else who was a determining factor for Michigan State was Gabe Brown. He left the arena with 16 points in his 30 minutes on the court by going 6 of 9 from the floor in this matchup. Brown walked away from this one going 66.7% from the floor as well as contributing 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Western Michigan (+24)
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