The Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-18, 2-12 Big 10), who are currently on a 10-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they welcome the Michigan State Spartans (17-9, 9-6 Big 10) to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
Michigan State Spartans vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Preview
In the Spartans’ last contest, they fell to the No. 9 Maryland Terrapins, 67-60. Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman put together a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Maryland did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (12-15; 80.0 percent). Michigan State, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (11.6 vs. 13.8).
The Cornhuskers are trying to rebound after their 81-64 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in their last matchup. With eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Cam Mack put together a solid outing for Nebraska. Wisconsin made 15 of their 31 three pointers (48.4 percent). Nebraska, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.092 vs. 0.063).
The ineffective offense of Nebraska will square off against the top-notch defense of Michigan State. The Cornhuskers currently rank 276th in offensive efficiency, while the Spartans are 33rd in defensive efficiency. The Spartans figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. Additionally, the Spartans rank 54th in offensive rebounding percentage (32.5 percent), while the Cornhuskers rank 336th in defensive rebounding percentage (66.9 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Spartans won both games last season. In the most recent game, Michigan State won 91-76. The Spartans dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.633 and an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 36.7. The Cornhuskers recorded marks of 0.500 and 30.2, respectively, for those same stats.
Michigan State Spartans at Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Nebraska, ATS Winner – Nebraska, O/U – Over
The Spartans average 21.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 150th in the country. The Cornhuskers rank 283rd in three pointers allowed per game (26.2).
Nebraska ranks 39th in steals allowed per game (5.4) while Michigan State ranks 86th (6.1).
Michigan State ranks seventh in rebounds per game (40.9) while Nebraska ranks 296th in rebounds allowed per game (45.0).
The Spartans rank third in assists per game (17.6) while the Cornhuskers rank 247th in assists allowed per game (15.0).
Michigan State ranks 13th in blocks per game (5.3) while Nebraska ranks 182nd (2.3).
The Cornhuskers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 13.2, up from 5.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Spartans have scored an average of 66.2 points per game (8.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.4 points per game (6.3 above their season average).