Kentucky Wildcats vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 11/15/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Gainbridge Fieldhouse is where the Michigan State Spartans (1-1) will play the Kentucky Wildcats (2-0) on Tuesday.
The Kentucky Wildcats faced off with Duquesne and went home with a win by a final score of 77-52 in their last contest. In reference to personal fouls, the Wildcats finished with 7 while Duquesne finished the game with 16 personal fouls. They also made 7 of 26 tries from beyond the arc. Duquesne finished shooting 62.5% when shooting free throws by converting 5 of 8 shots. Furthermore, Duquesne grabbed 28 rebounds (6 offensive, 22 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Duquesne doled out 13 dimes and had 8 steals for the contest. In terms of the defense, Kentucky allowed their opponent to shoot 30.3% from the field on 20 of 66 shooting. They also recorded 22 dimes in this matchup as well as forcing 11 turnovers and earning 9 steals. With regard to grabbing boards, they compiled 42 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats made 10 of 15 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. Kentucky finished the game with a 45.9% field goal percentage (28 of 61) and made 11 out of their 19 three-point shots.
Sahvir Wheeler is a guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He accounted for 11 points on 4 out of 7 shooting. He was on the court for 27 minutes and collected 6 boards. He ended up going 57.1% from the field and recorded 11 dimes.
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Kentucky heads into this matchup with a mark of 2-0 so far this year. They currently have an average of 86.0 pts per contest (58th in the country) while hitting 50.4% from the floor. The Wildcats are shooting 51.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (22 of 43) and 60.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Kentucky is snagging 44.0 boards per game and has accounted for 42 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 66th in the country in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 12.5 times per contest and as a unit they commit 9.5 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Wildcats are able to force 13.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.5 fouls. They are currently ranked 147th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 23 relinquished on the campaign. The Wildcats defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 32.3% (43 of 133) and they relinquish 36.0 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are giving up 27.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 58th in college basketball in PPG allowed (57.5).
The last time they took the court, the Michigan State Spartans took a loss by a score of 64-63 when they faced Gonzaga. The Spartans were able to corral 22 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 28 in this game. They turned it over 15 times, while earning 9 steals in this game. Gonzaga was called for 22 personal fouls in the game which took the Spartans to the free throw line for a total of 28 tries. They were able to make 18 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 64.3%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Michigan State made 3 out of 16 tries (18.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Spartans walked away from this one shooting 21 out of 52 from the field which had them sitting at 40.4%. The Spartans permitted Gonzaga to convert 23 of 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.8% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 22.2% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 4 out of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 22 from the free throw line (63.6%). In reference to how they rebounded, Michigan State permitted Gonzaga to collect 37 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Mady Sissoko was important for the Spartans for the game. He recorded 14 points in his 25 mins of playing time, but went home with no dimes. He buried 4 of 5 in this game for a field goal percentage of 80.0%, and earned 9 rebounds.
Michigan State has a win-loss mark of 1-1 so far this year. The Spartans commit 19.0 personal fouls every game and they shoot 66.7% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.0 times per contest (168th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.5 times per game. Michigan State has 136 points this year (68.0 per contest) and they pull in 39.0 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Spartans are shooting 42.7% from the floor, which ranks 241st in Division 1.
The Michigan State defense allows 25.0% on shots from distance (12 of 48) and opponents are converting on 65.7% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 10.5 assists and 38.5 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 134th and 294th in the country. The Spartans are ranked 81st in the nation in points per game surrendered with 59.5. They are able to force 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 36.5% from the floor (65th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kentucky
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