#6 Michigan State (15-2) vs. Nebraska (13-4) – 8:00 PM EST, Thursday, January 17 at Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, NE
Betting Line: Michigan State -1
Michigan State is red-hot after winning 10 straight games and have only taken one loss since their season opener to top-ranked Kansas.
The Spartans have won five of their last six games by double figures and the squad has been a powerhouse on both sides of the floor this season. They rank 12th in the nation in points per game and 70th in points against. MSU is tied with in-state rival Michigan as the only teams in the Big 10 that do not have a conference loss.
Nebraska is a solid 13-4 on the season and after losing two in a row they have won their last two games. Their last game was a big one, as they got to .500 in Big 10 play (3-3) and they took down a top 25 Indiana team. The Cornhuskers only gave up 51 points in their last game and their team is led by a defense that ranks 10th in the nation in points allowed. Nebraska also has a solid offense and they are 1-1 facing top 25 teams this season.
This season Nebraska is 9-0 at home and the Michigan State is 4-1 on the road.
This season Michigan State is 13-4 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 8-8-1 and Nebraska is at 11-4-1 ATS with an Over/Under record of 7-8.
This is the first game between these teams this season and last season in the lone matchup at Michigan State the Spartans crushed the Huskers beating them 86-57.
Michigan State was on the road in their last game clamping down on defense in their 71-56 win over Penn State. They took control of the game early outscoring the Nittany Lions 40-24 in the first half and they shot 49% from the floor, forced 19 turnovers, and held Penn State to 36.7% shooting.
Three players scored in double figures in the Penn State win led by Nick Ward going for 16 points and he also had a double-double pulling in 11 rebounds and Matt McQuaid had 15 points and nailed four of his six 3-pointers.
Three players for the Spartans average in double figures on the season and all are averaging at least 15 ppg led by Cassius Winston (17.6 ppg). He had gone for 23 points in three of four games before going for only 11 with six assists and seven turnovers in the win over Penn State.
Not only did Nebraska beat a ranked Indiana team in their last game 66-51, but they were on the road no less. They held the Hoosiers to a FG% of 36.5% while they shot a decent 45% from the floor. Four players for the Huskers went for double figures in the game led by Glynn Watson Jr. with 15 points, James Palmer Jr. was one rebound short of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, and Isaac Copeland Jr. had 14 points and eight boards. These are the top three scorers on the season for Nebraska led by Palmer Jr. putting up an average of 19 ppg. Palmer Jr. has only scored 11 points in each of his last two games on a combined 8/24 from the floor.
Michigan State betting trends
- 4-0 ATS in their last four road games
- 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games
- Under record of 3-1-1 in their last five games
Nebraska betting trends
- 29-8-1 ATS in their last 38 games
- 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 home games
- Over record of 4-1 in their last five games
Michigan State Spartans vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction
Nebraska is a very good team, they are at home, and they beat a ranked team in their last game. Still, Michigan State is a legit National Championship contender and their defence will get it done in this game.
In a conference game between two teams with great defences, the Spartans will cover and win, extending their streak to 11 games.
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