Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 12/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Location: Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Wisconsin (-1.5)
The Wisconsin Badgers (7-1) head to Breslin Center on Friday where they'll take on the Michigan State Spartans (6-1). Michigan State opens this matchup as 1.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 140.
Wisconsin enters this one with a mark of 7-1 on the season. The Badgers are connecting on 41.8% on shots from beyond the arc (74 of 177) and 77.1% from the free throw line. They have an average of 77.3 pts per game (105th in Division 1) while going 45.8% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 8.5 times per game and as a unit they are committing 17.0 fouls per game. As a team, Wisconsin is snagging 36.0 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 118 dimes so far this year, which ranks 75th in Division 1 in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Badgers are able to force 12.8 turnovers per game and they draw 18.6 fouls. The Badgers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 36.2% (156 of 431) and they relinquish 32.3 boards per game as a squad. They are ranked 106th in college hoops in allowing assists with 69 relinquished for the year. They are giving up 31.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 15th in college hoops in points per game allowed (57.5).
The Wisconsin Badgers played the Nebraska Cornhuskers and walked away with a win by a score of 67-53 in their last contest. Wisconsin wrapped up the contest having earned a 40.0% field goal percentage (22 out of 55) and converted 8 of their 26 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Badgers knocked down 15 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 100.0%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they collected a total of 39 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 14 assists in this contest in addition to having 2 steals and 2 rejections. In terms of the defense, Wisconsin allowed the other team to go 40.0% from the floor on 22 out of 55 shooting. Nebraska totaled 12 assists and 6 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Cornhuskers grabbed 28 rebounds (5 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Nebraska shot 52.9% at the charity stripe by burying 9 of their 17 shots. They also made 8 of their 27 attempts from downtown.
Brad Davison is someone who played a role in this contest. He totaled 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 mins and also grabbed 3 boards. Davison finished shooting 45.5% from the field and also earned 7 dimes. Another guy that saw a lot of court time in this contest for the Badgers was Aleem Ford. He grabbed 8 rebounds and had 2 assists. He went 44.4% from the field in the game by shooting 4-of-9 (13 points). When the final whistle was blown, Ford was on the hardwood for 28 minutes.
Michigan State has a record of 6-1 so far this year. Michigan State has accounted for 574 points so far this year (82.0 per contest) and they pull down 41.7 boards per game. The Spartans are committing 17.7 personal fouls per game and they go 74.6% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Spartans are connecting on 46.9% from the field, which is 113th in the country. They are dishing out assists 22.4 times per game (2nd in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per game. The Spartans on the defensive side of the court are 243rd in college basketball in PPG allowed with 73.3. They are able to force 11.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.3% from the field (143rd in Division 1). The Michigan State defense allows 35.3% on three-point shots (55 of 156) and their opponents are connecting on 77.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 13.7 assists and 32.1 rebounds every game, ranking them 220th and 81st in college basketball.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Michigan State Spartans walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 79-65 when they faced the Northwestern Wildcats. The Spartans collected 22 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 33 for the game. They also turned away 2 attempts while getting 7 steals for the game. The Wildcats had 14 fouls in the game which got the Spartans to the free throw line for a total of 10 shots. They were able to knock down 5 of the free throw tries for a clip of 50.0%. In relation to shots from distance, Michigan State knocked down 8 of 31 attempts (25.8%). Overall, the Spartans shot 26 out of 67 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.8%. The Spartans permitted the Wildcats to knock down 27 of their 51 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 52.9% in the matchup. They finished 47.6% from three-point range by connecting on 10 of 21 and ended up going 15 of 18 at the charity stripe (83.3%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Michigan State allowed Northwestern to pull down 30 in all (3 on the offensive glass).
Aaron Henry played a lot for the Spartans in this contest. He converted 5 of 10 for this game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 11 points. Henry grabbed 2 boards in his 25 mins played and tallied 3 assists for this contest. Someone else who was a determining factor for Michigan State was Joshua Langford. He ended up finishing with 9 points in 16 minutes played by way of 4 of 8 from the floor for this contest. Langford ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor as well as collecting 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Wisconsin (-1.5)
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