Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 12/4/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022
Location: Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI
TV: Hulu Live TV
The Michigan State Spartans (5-3) will go up against the Northwestern Wildcats (5-2) at Breslin Center on Sunday.
The Northwestern Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against Pittsburgh and ended up losing by a score of 87-58 in their last contest. Northwestern finished the contest having earned a 34.4% field goal percentage (21 of 61) and made 10 of 32 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 6 of 13 tries for a percentage of 46.2%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 28 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 15 assists for this game as well as forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 5 steals. With regard to the defense, Northwestern allowed the other team to go 48.1% from the floor on 26 out of 54 shooting. Pittsburgh doled out 22 assists and had 5 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, Pittsburgh collected 39 rebounds (12 offensive, 27 defensive), but didn't have a block. Pittsburgh went 77.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 21 of their 27 attempts. They also made 14 of their 22 tries from three-point range. With respect to personal fouls, the Wildcats left the arena with 19 while Pittsburgh had 16 personal fouls.
Boo Buie is a player who had an impact in this game. He recorded 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting. He played for 33 mins and also snagged 3 boards. He went 40.0% from the floor and also distributed 5 dimes.
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Northwestern will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 5-2 on the season. They are turning it over 12.3 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 15.1 fouls per game. As a team, Northwestern is pulling in 38.9 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 99 dimes on the year, which ranks 206th in the nation in terms of passing. The Wildcats are shooting 31.8% on 3-pointers (56 of 176) and 70.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 64.1 pts per contest (328th in the nation) while going 38.3% from the floor.
Defensively, the Wildcats are able to force 14.7 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.9 fouls. They rank 81st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 79 surrendered on the season. The Wildcats defense is giving up a FG percentage of 34.5% (131 of 380) and they concede 36.3 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They concede 30.9% from 3-point land while they are 13th in D-1 in PPG allowed (56.7).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Michigan State Spartans took a loss by a score of 70-52 against Notre Dame. The Spartans corralled 26 defensive boards and 2 offensive rebounds totaling 28 for the matchup. They also turned it over 7 times, while getting 4 steals for the matchup. Notre Dame was called for 12 fouls in this contest which got the Spartans to the charity stripe for a total of 6 shots. They were able to convert 6 of them for a percentage of 100.0%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, Michigan State converted 4 of their 12 attempts (33.3%). Overall, the Spartans finished the game shooting 21 for 54 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.9%. The Spartans permitted Notre Dame to make 27 out of 54 attempts from the field which had them at 50.0% for this game. They went 42.3% from 3-point land by going 11 of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 5 out of 8 at the free throw line (62.5%). In reference to attacking the glass, Michigan State permitted Notre Dame to snag 28 in total (3 offensive).
Joey Hauser ended up being important for the Spartans in the matchup. He made 6 out of 13 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 46.2%, and added 7 rebounds. He earned 12 points in his 36 mins on the hardwood and had 1 assist for the contest.
Michigan State has a record of 5-3 on the year. As an offense, the Spartans are connecting on 43.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 214th in the country. Michigan State has scored 569 points so far this season (71.1 per game) and they grab 36.9 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 15.4 times per game (83rd in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 11.3 times per game. The Spartans are responsible for committing 16.6 fouls per game while shooting 76.4% from the charity stripe.
The Spartans on the defensive end are ranked 225th in college basketball in PPG allowed with 70.6. They are forcing their opponents into 10.3 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 42.0% from the floor (162nd in college basketball). The Michigan State defense gives up 32.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (69 of 212) and opponents are knocking down 72.3% of their free throw attempts. They allow 14.4 dimes and 34.0 total boards per game, which ranks them 291st and 179th in college basketball.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Michigan State
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