Michigan State Spartans vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction, 1/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Michigan State Spartans vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Michigan State (-6.5)
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-6) host the Michigan State Spartans (6-3) at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have Michigan State as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 152.
Michigan State heads into this game with a mark of 6-3 so far this season. The Spartans are hitting 35.3% on shots from 3-point land (77 of 218) and 76.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 78.4 pts per contest (83rd in Division 1) while connecting on 44.4% from the field. They are turning it over 13.2 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 18.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Michigan State is pulling down 39.8 rebounds per game and has accounted for 190 dimes on the campaign, which is 7th in college hoops in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Spartans are able to force 11.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.8 fouls. The Spartans are allowing a shooting percentage of 43.0% (235 of 546) and they concede 34.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They rank 301st in the country in giving up assists with 132 relinquished for the campaign. They surrender 34.5% from 3-point land and they are ranked 271st in D-1 in PPG allowed (75.4).
The Michigan State Spartans faced off with the Minnesota Golden Gophers and went home with a loss by a final score of 81-56 in their last contest. Michigan State ended the game having earned a 25.7% field goal percentage (18 out of 70) and made 6 of 25 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Spartans buried 14 of their 18 attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 34 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 10 assists for the game as well as getting 4 steals and 2 rejections. When discussing the defense, Michigan State let their opponent shoot 25.7% from the floor on 18 of 70 shooting. Minnesota doled out 18 dimes and had 5 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the Golden Gophers snagged 49 rebounds (9 offensive, 40 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Minnesota ended up going 88.2% when shooting free throws by making 15 of 17 tries. They made 6 of 25 attempts from three-point range.
Aaron Henry is a player who was a major contributor for the game. He was able to score 11 points on 3 of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28 minutes and totaled 4 rebounds. Henry finished the game shooting 30.0% from the floor and also dished out 3 dimes. Another guy that came through in this game for the Spartans was A.J. Hoggard. He totaled 2 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He finished shooting 44.4% from the field in the game by connecting on 4-of-9 (9 points). In all, Hoggard was on the hardwood for 15 minutes.
Nebraska has a win-loss mark of 4-6 for the year. Nebraska has accounted for 747 pts for the campaign (74.7 per game) and they collect 39.7 boards per game. The Cornhuskers commit 17.4 fouls per contest and they go 65.1% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Cornhuskers are connecting on 40.8% from the floor, which ranks them 293rd in college basketball. They are earning an assist 12.9 times per game (213th in the nation) and they are turning it over 12.5 times per contest. The Cornhuskers defensively are ranked 218th in college basketball in PPG given up with 72.4. The Nebraska defense surrenders 32.3% on 3-point shots (90 of 279) and opponents are knocking down 70.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 14.2 assists and 40.5 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 245th and 306th in college hoops. They have forced 14.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.4% from the field (135th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Nebraska Cornhuskers went home defeated by a final of 90-54 when they faced the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Cornhuskers pulled down 22 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 30 for this contest. They blocked 3 tries while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Buckeyes were called for 18 fouls for the matchup which took the Cornhuskers to the charity stripe for a total of 21 tries. They were able to bury 15 of those for a percentage of 71.4%. When talking about shots from distance, Nebraska made 5 of 33 attempts (15.2%). In all, the Cornhuskers ended up going 17 for 60 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 28.3%. The Cornhuskers permitted the Buckeyes to make 31 out of their 63 tries from the field which left them shooting 49.2% in the matchup. They finished shooting 37.5% from 3-point land via 12 out of 32 and finished the game at 16 of 20 at the free throw line (80.0%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Nebraska permitted Ohio State to snag 39 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Teddy Allen was important for the Cornhuskers for the contest. He converted 3 out of 9 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 33.3%, which had him sitting at 13 points. Allen snagged 3 rebounds in his 22 mins and accumulated 2 dimes in this game. One more player who came through for Nebraska was Lat Mayen. He notched 7 points in his 21 minutes on the court via 2 of 8 shooting in this contest. Mayen ended up shooting 25.0% from the floor as well as collecting 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Nebraska (+6.5) and under 152 points
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