Michigan State Spartans vs Butler Bulldogs Prediction, 11/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Michigan State Spartans vs Butler Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
The Michigan State Spartans (1-1) are headed to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday where they will attempt to beat the Butler Bulldogs (3-0).
The Michigan State Spartans faced Western Michigan and notched a win by a score of 90-46 in their last game. In reference to personal fouls, the Spartans left the arena with 12 and Western Michigan recorded 20 personal fouls. They also converted 5 out of their 28 attempts from long range. Western Michigan finished shooting 50.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 5 of 10 attempts. In addition, Western Michigan pulled down 25 rebounds (10 offensive, 15 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Western Michigan recorded 9 assists and had 8 steals for the matchup. Regarding defense, Michigan State allowed 26.5% from the floor on 18 of 68 shooting. They also doled out 19 dimes for the matchup while forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In terms of grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 53 with 17 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Spartans converted 18 of their 24 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. Michigan State ended with a 51.5% field goal percentage (34 of 66) and made 4 of their 19 shots from distance.
Joey Hauser is a player who was a major contributor in the matchup. He walked away with 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting. He was on the court for 22 minutes and totaled 12 rebounds. He finished shooting 50.0% from the floor and also totaled 4 assists.
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Michigan State heads into this contest with a mark of 1-1 so far this year. They are averaging 82.0 pts per game (102nd in D-1) while hitting 48.8% from the field. The Spartans are hitting 28.2% on shots from 3-point land (11 of 39) and 67.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Michigan State is grabbing 47.5 boards per game and has totaled 31 dimes so far this season, which is 195th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 14.5 times per contest and as a team are committing 15.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Spartans are forcing 9.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.0 personal fouls. They are ranked 103rd in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 22 relinquished so far this season. The Spartans defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 37.1% (49 of 132) and they concede 29.0 boards per contest as a team. They are surrendering 24.4% from beyond the arc and they rank 154th in the country in points per game allowed (66.5).
The last time they took the court, the Butler Bulldogs took home the win by a final score of 70-59 when they faced Troy. The Bulldogs were able to collect 24 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 30 in this game. They also coughed up the ball 19 times, while earning 2 steals for this game. Troy earned 16 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Bulldogs to the free throw line for 12 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. When it comes to 3-point shots, Butler buried 12 out of 25 attempts (48.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Bulldogs shot 25 out of 47 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.2%. The Bulldogs permitted Troy to bury 24 out of 56 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 42.9% for the game. They finished shooting 21.1% from 3-point land by going 4 of 19 and ended up shooting 7 of 11 from the free throw line (63.6%). When it comes to rebounding, Butler allowed Troy to get 20 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Jair Bolden ended up being important for the Bulldogs in this contest. He scored 21 points in his 31 minutes on the court and had 2 dimes for this game. He converted 7 out of 9 for the contest for a field goal rate of 77.8%, and accounted for 5 rebounds.
Butler has a record of 3-0 so far this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs are shooting 48.6% from the field, which ranks 83rd in Division 1. Butler has tallied 211 pts on the season (70.3 per game) and they collect 36.7 boards per game. They are getting an assist 14.7 times per game (135th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 15.0 times per game. The Bulldogs have committed 14.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 73.8% from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs defensively are ranked 22nd in the country in points given up per game with 53.0. They are able to force 10.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 37.8% from the field (87th in Division 1). The Butler defense allows 22.9% on shots from beyond the arc (16 of 70) and their opposition knocks down 59.4% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 8.0 assists and 24.3 total boards per game, which is 42nd and 6th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Michigan State
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