Northwestern vs Michigan State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/6/24

Michigan State (17-12) vs Northwestern (20-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Breslin Center)

Betting Odds: Michigan State Spartans -8.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northwestern Wildcats and the Michigan State Spartans meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Breslin Center. Northwestern lost to Iowa over the weekend and dropped to 20-9 overall. As for Michigan State, they’re 17-12 after a loss to Purdue. Let’s get into our Northwestern vs. Michigan State prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Northwestern Wildcats

The Wildcats managed to open the season at 15-7 overall. Northwestern is 5-2 in their last seven games, though. In that time the wins have come versus Nebraska, Penn State, Indiana, Michigan and Maryland. The two losses otherwise were versus Rutgers and Iowa.

In the Iowa matchup over the weekend, the Wildcats went into the second half with a 37-36 edge. Northwestern faltered from there on a 51-43 run and took the loss 87-80 in the end. Boo Buie was the team’s leading scorer on 27 points, and Brooks Barnhizer added 20 points with six boards.

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Michigan State Spartans

Over on the Michigan State side, their year began with a 12-8 run over 20 games. The Spartans won five of the next six over Michigan, Maryland, Illinois, Penn State and Michigan again. Since then it’s been a string of three losses to Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue in succession.

Matched up against Purdue on Saturday, the Spartans were down by just three points in the locker room. Michigan State didn’t end up getting any closer on a 42-39 second half however, losing 80-74. Tyson Walker was the top team scorer with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.


I’ll stay with Michigan State here I suppose. The Spartans didn’t play too badly on the road versus a great Purdue team in their last outing—despite shooting a tepid 39.1 percent from the field. Michigan State was pretty solid on the boards overall (33) and had just seven turnovers in that one. It’s been a rough three-game losing streak for Michigan State. They’ve been fairly competitive in that time, though.

These teams saw each other back on January 7 in an 88-74 road loss for the Spartans. Northwestern shot a blistering 54.2 percent from the field in that one and scored 21 points off 13 Michigan State turnovers. The Spartans are going to have to clamp down on defense better in the home rematch and take much better care of the ball, but I think they’ve got a legitimate shot at a cover if all goes well.

Andrew’s Pick Michigan State Spartans -8.5

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