College Basketball Picks: Michigan State Spartans vs. Northwestern Wildcats

Michigan State Spartans vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Wednesday, 1/15/14, 7:00 PM EST
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The Michigan State Spartans are 27-4 SU against the Northwestern Wildcats under Tom Izzo

The Michigan State Spartans are 27-4 SU against the Northwestern Wildcats under Tom Izzo

Michigan State puts its undefeated road record on the line as it travels to Evanston, IL, as it comes off a pair of overtime home victories over the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Spartans have used eight different starting lineups in the last 11 games, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  Offensively, the team has four probable starters averaging double figures, with sophomore guard Gary Harris scoring 17.8 points a contest.  Michigan State is 13-0 SU versus teams with a losing record the last two-plus seasons.

The Spartans are averaging 11.6 turnovers per game, which is the lowest total of the Tom Izzo era.  Michigan State is averaging 81.7 points when playing away from the Breslin Center during the 2013-14 campaign, which is hard to ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  With a 15-1 SU record, the roster has matched the best 16-game starts in school history.  Izzo owns a 27-4 SU career record against Wednesday night’s opponent.

Northwestern snapped a four-game losing streak in picking up a 49-43 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini as 5.5-point home underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total of 128.  The Wildcats have two probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior Drew Crawford being the main player to handicap in scoring 15.6 points a contest.  He is the Big Ten Conference’s active leading scorer with 1,667 career points.  Northwestern is 3-7 SU and 2-8 ATS versus teams with a winning record this season.

The Wildcats have been getting a tremendous lift off the bench from Tre Demps, who is averaging 9.9 points per game.  Northwestern is still averaging just 63.5 points per game on 40.5 percent shooting, which has resulted in getting outscored by 1.5 points on the season.  The program is also getting out-rebounded by 2.2 boards per game—something that could prove troublesome in this particular matchup.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spartans due to the road team being 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in this series.

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