Wildcats vs. Spartans Prediction
The 14th-ranked Michigan State Spartans will look for a decisive win tonight as they host the Northwestern Wildcats in Big Ten Conference action. Can Northwestern stay within the big number?
Wednesday, January 28, 2020
Breslin Center at 6:30PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Spartans are a 17-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 139 points. As of Wednesday morning, 83 percent of public bets are pouring in on host MSU. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Wildcats drop fourth straight
Northwestern lost 71-59 at home Sunday night versus Ohio State to fall to 6-13 overall and 1-8 in conference play. The Wildcats were outscored 33-24 in the second half of the defeat. Miller Kopp paced Northwestern with 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting including 3-of-9 from 3-point distance plus 1-of-1 at the free throw line. He also pulled down three rebounds. Pat Spencer tallied 13 points, five boards and four assists. Boo Buie added 10 points and two dimes off the bench.
Spartans blast Golden Gophers
Michigan State secured a 70-52 victory Sunday afternoon at Minnesota to improve to 15-5 overall and 7-2 in conference action. The Spartans outscored the Golden Gophers 40-30 in the second half to pull away. Cassius Winston paced MSU with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting iincluding 3-of-5 from 3-point range plus 1-of-1 at the charity stripe. He also recorded eight assists and four rebounds. Xavier Tillman racked up 17 points, 10 boards, five assists and two blocked shots. Rocket Watts added 10 points in 28 minutes of action.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The road team is 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings.
The Spartans are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall. Michigan State is 47-23-1 ATS in its last 71 home games.
So we know who the much better team is in this matchup, but the Spartans only beat the Wildcats 77-72 on the road and Northwestern has not lost a game by more than 14 points all season (58-44 at Purdue). Michigan State could be in a situation where its attention is already on a tough game at Wisconsin Saturday. I see the Wildcats providing enough of a challange to stay within 17 at the very least.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS +17