Northwestern at Michigan State - 1/15/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Northwestern at Michigan State - 1/15/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Dale Young-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Spartans (14-2) vs Northwestern Wildcats (8-6)

Game Info: Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm (Jack Breslin Student Events Center)

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The Northwestern Wildcats will travel to play the Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten game on Saturday afternoon.

The Northwestern Wildcats are 8-6 (1-4) this season and have lost four games in a row. Northwestern is coming off of a loss to Maryland by a score of 94-87 in double overtime. Northwestern went on a 6-0 run in the last 15 seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime, but couldn’t hang on in the second overtime. Pete Nance led the Wildcats with 28 points and 14 rebounds in the game. Northwestern is averaging 78.6 points per game and is giving up 67.4 points per game against, while also averaging 38.5 rebounds per game and 18.4 assists per game. Pete Nance is averaging 17.1 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game, while Boo Buie is averaging 14.8 points per game and 5.8 assists per game for the Wildcats. Northwestern is shooting 44.6% on field goals, 75.8% on free throws, and 35.5% on three pointers.

The Michigan State Spartans are 14-2 (5-0) this season and have won nine games in a row. Michigan State defeated Minnesota by a score of 71-69 in their last game. Michigan State’s Joey Hauser scored the game-winning basket with 0.1 seconds to go in the game. Max Christie led the Spartans with 16 points and 5 rebounds in the win. Michigan State is averaging 75.5 points per game and is giving up 65.8 points per game against, while also averaging 40.4 rebounds per game and 17 assists per game. Gabe Brown is averaging 14.4 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game, while Max Christie is averaging 10.7 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Spartans. Michigan State is shooting 46.8% on field goals, 73% on free throws, and 39.5% on three pointers.

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Northwestern is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 5-1 in Northwestern’s last 6 Saturday games. Michigan State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The over is 6-2-1 in Michigan State’s last 9 games. The home team is 6-1 ATS in these two teams last 7 meetings.

Michigan State is playing like one of the best teams in the country right now and will welcome in a Northwestern team that has struggled in conference play. Michigan State didn’t look particularly sharp against Minnesota, but still found a way to get a win. I think Izzo will have the team ready to go in this game to avoid a second lousy performance. I like the Spartans here.

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David’s Pick Michigan State -8.5

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