Butler vs Michigan State Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/17/23
Michigan State Spartans (1-2) vs Butler Bulldogs (3-0)
Game Info: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 6:30 pm (Jack Breslin Student Events Center)
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The Butler Bulldogs and the Michigan State Spartans meet Friday in college basketball action from Breslin Center. Butler is 3-0 on the young season so far. The Bulldogs blew out East Tennessee State in their most recent appearance. As for Michigan State, they’re just 1-2 following a nine-point loss to Duke on Tuesday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.
The Bulldogs are off to an impressive start through three games, booking a trio of blowouts. First was a 94-55 opener win over Eastern Michigan. Butler shot a smooth 57.1 percent from the field in that one and pulled down 38 rebounds. Game two was another big win versus Southeast Missouri State as the Bulldogs prevailed 91-56.
Back on Monday versus East Tennessee State, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 45-20 edge at the break. Butler cruised from there in an 81-47 win. Leading the charge was DJ Davis on 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Posh Alexander added 13 points, and Landon Moore put up 12 points in just 19 minutes of work.
Michigan State Spartans
Over on the Spartans’ side, they’ve got a couple of tough losses sandwiched between a blowout win so far this year. Michigan State took a 79-76 defeat by James Madison in their opener, shooting 36.1 percent and going just 1-of-20 from 3-point range. Game two was a big turnaround however, as the Spartans prevailed over Southern Indiana 74-51.
In their last matchup on Tuesday versus Duke, the Spartans suffered a slow start with a 31-20 first-half deficit. Michigan State got better from there with 45 more points but still lost 74-65. Tyson Walker was tops in scoring with 22 points, and Malik Hall put up 18 points with three rebounds in the losing effort.
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I’m going to try Butler in this one. You could make a case for Michigan State as well however; the Spartans should bounce back well after the loss to Duke. That said, the Bulldogs are looking great so far. Butler is coming off 44.9 percent shooting with 11-of-31 (35.5 percent) from 3-point range and a 41-39 rebounding edge versus East Tennessee State. The Bulldogs are scoring great so far with 81 or more points in each game.
As for Michigan State, they were pretty bad from the line (58.3 percent) and not spectacular from 3-point range again (6-of-19) in their latest loss to Duke. The Spartans also got pushed around on the boards with a 40-35 deficit. Michigan State is a great team however, and they should be able to bounce back in this one. I like Butler to make a good showing themselves as well, though.