NCAA Betting Preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. (6) Michigan State Spartans

Keith Appling is putting up 12 per game this year
Nebraska vs. Michigan State (6)
Tip off: 8 PM EST
Spread: MI ST -18
Total: 125

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The Cornhuskers are 12-14 and 4-11 in Big 10 play. They rank near the bottom of most major statistical categories and have lost five of their last six games. They beat then #13 ranked Indiana by one point on January 18th, though, showing they have the potential to play with ranked opponents after losing all four previous match ups to ranked opponents.

Bo Spencer has done most of the damage for Nebraska, scoring 15.6 points per game in 33 minutes of play a night. A 6’2″ senior, Spencer has improved every year at Nebraska, and after shooting just 33.3% from the floor last year, he has improved to a nearly respectable 41.7%, while hitting 32.7% from three. His sophomore season he hit 40.3% from downtown, but has been unable to regain that form since.

Teammate 6’6″ senior Toney McCray is second on the team in scoring with 10 points per game, and he also contributes 4.7 boards per game. He has failed to score in double figures for the last four Cornhuskers games, though. He’s shot just 12 of 32 over that stretch and without serving as a legit second fiddle, he doesn’t give Nebraska a very good shot at winning games

Nebraska Betting Trends:

Nebraska is 1-5-1 SU in their last 7 games and 3-6 ATS in their last 9 at home. The total has gone OVER in 4 of their last 6 at home and they are 1-6 SU in their last 7 road games.

Michigan State

The 6th ranked Spartans are 23-5 and sit at first place in the Big Ten, with a 12-3 conference record.

They’ve won their last six games after dropping a contest to Illinois on January 31st. With victories over then #3 Ohio State and then #17 Wisconsin, the Spartans are gaining momentum coming into March Madness. They face #24 ranked Indiana in a few days and wrap up the season against #9 ranked Ohio State.

Draymond Green is still the guy talked about on the Spartans squad. He’s expected to go in the late first round in this year’s NBA Draft. He’s putting up 15.5 points per game and grabbing 10.3 boards per night. Green has 15 double doubles this season, and put up 17 in the win over Minnesota on Wednesday night. Keith Appling and Brandon Wood each chipped in 13 points as well.

Appling, a 6’1″ sophomore guard, has put up the second most points on the team with 12.0 per game. He’s scored in double figures in four of the last five Michigan State games, with a poor outing against Purdue serving as the exception, a game in which Appling attempted only 5 shots and made only 2. He’s shooting 17 of 39 from the floor over that stretch.

Michigan State Betting Trends:

Michigan State is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games and 5-0 SU in their last 5 at home. The total has gone OVER In 9 of their last 11 home games and they are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 on the road.

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