Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Michigan State Spartans, NCAA College Basketball Betting, Odds, Picks and Prediction

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RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
11-4 January 4, 6:30 PM | Breslin Center 10-5

When: 6:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Where: Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan
TV: 6:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

Team Spread Money Line Total
Rutgers Scarlet Knights +13 -110  +700 130.5 -110
Michigan State Spartans -13 -110  -1100 130.5 -110

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Michigan State Spartans will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Breslin Center.

ABOUT RUTGERS (11-4, 0-2 Big Ten): One of the main reasons for Rutgers’ fast start to the season was the team’s emphasis on rebounding, as it ranks in the nation’s top 10 in boards per game (43.3) and rebound margin (plus-9.4). But in Big Ten play, the club has struggled on the glass, getting outrebounded by four per game, which is bad news when it has shot just 29.6 percent in those contests. Williams has been getting to the glass, but Deshawn Freeman, who is averaging a team-best 8.5 boards, has only grabbed a total of five in the two conference games due to foul trouble.

ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (10-5, 2-0): While Bridges’ return is exciting for all among the Michigan State program, coach Tom Izzo’s squad isn’t going to change the way it’s been playing to accommodate the freshman. With Bridges out, players like Ward and Alvin Ellis III – who is averaging 18 points and seven rebounds in conference play – have stepped into leading roles, and Izzo is planning for his highly touted freshman to start in a supporting role as he makes his way back from injury. Bridges certainly will move back into the starting lineup soon, and the Spartans will look for him to be a main offensive weapon, but the team has displayed more togetherness in his absence – a quality Izzo doesn’t want to see abandoned because Bridges has returned.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Spartans listed as 13-point favorites versus the Scarlet Knights, while the game’s total is sitting at 130.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Michigan State looks to stay unbeaten in Big Ten play on Wednesday as it hosts Rutgers, which has yet to win a conference game. The Spartans have captured three straight, including their first two Big Ten contests, while the Scarlet Knights are on a three-game losing streak.

Coach Steve Pikiell’s squad averaged 73.4 points in getting off to an 11-2 start to the season against non-conference competition, but the Scarlet Knights averaged 49.5 in two Big Ten losses. Rutgers has four double-figure scorers, but only guard Mike Williams has been scoring against conference foes, averaging a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds. Michigan State is hoping to have leading scorer and rebounder Miles Bridges (16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds) in a limited role off the bench in his first action after sitting for seven games with an ankle injury. In his absence, fellow freshman Nick Ward has really stepped up his game, becoming a dominant low-post scorer and rebounder (13.6 points, 6.8 rebounds).

Michigan State was a 61-52 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wildcats. They covered the -2-point spread as favorites.

Last time out for Rutgers, they were a 60-47 loser as they battled Nittany Lions at home. They failed to cover in the match as a -2.5-point favorite.

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Rutgers:
Team record: 11-4 SU,5-4 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Rutgers is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
Rutgers is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games on the road

Michigan State:
Team record: 10-5 SU,7-7 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Michigan State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Michigan State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State’s last 6 games

Next up:
Rutgers at Iowa Sunday, January 8
Michigan State at Penn State Saturday, January 7

NCAA HOOPS UPDATES
1. Rutgers ranks 13th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 37.5 percent shooting.

2. Ward is making his mark on the defensive end as well, ranking third in the Big Ten in total blocks (31) and blocks per game (2.1), which puts him on pace to break Deyonta Davis’ freshman record of 64 set just last season.

3. Eleven Spartans average more than 10 minutes per game while seven different players have led the team in scoring at least once this campaign.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Michigan State Spartans will cover the spread at -13 and the game will go over 130.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Michigan State 74, Rutgers 60 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
RUTGR TEAM MICHS
70.2 PTS FOR 72.0
62.3 PTS AGNST 67.8
7.9 DIFF. 4.2
28.3 DEF REBOUNDS 28.7
14.9 OFF REBOUNDS 9.8
42.7 FG% 47.0
66.6 FT% 61.2
4.8 3 POINTERS 7.7
6.9 STEALS 4.5
INJURIES
RUTGERS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
MICHIGAN STATE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
RUTGERS
Rutgers is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games on the road
MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State’s last 6 games
Michigan State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State’s last 5 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Rutgers’s Overall Scoring vs Michigan State’s Overall Defense 70.2 260 67.8 97
Rutgers’s Away Scoring vs Michigan State’s Home Defense 62.2 302 66.3 144
Rutgers’s Road Rebounds vs Michigan State’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.0 96 33.1 126
Michigan State’s Overall Scoring vs Rutgers’s Overall Defense 72.0 225 62.3 24
Michigan State’s Home Scoring vs Rutgers’s Road Defense 74.0 259 68.4 57
Michigan State’s Home Rebounds vs Rutgers’s Road Rebounds Allowed 38.0 182 38.0 223
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
RUTGR 42.7 37.5 5.2
MICHS 47.0 38.8 8.2
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
RUTGR 14.9 28.3 43.3
MICHS 9.8 28.7 38.5
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
RUTGR 13.0 13.6 1.0
MICHS 18.4 14.5 1.3

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