The No. 8 Michigan State Spartans (13-3, 5-0 Big 10) and the Purdue Boilermakers (9-7, 2-3 Big 10) square off at Mackey Arena. The Spartans will try to prolong their eight-game winning streak. Action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 12, 2020.
Michigan State Spartans at Purdue Boilermakers Odds Preview
In the Spartans’ last outing, they were victorious over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 74-58. With 19 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks, Xavier Tillman put together a solid game for Michigan State. Michigan State played a perfect game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 46.3 (above their season average of 34.9) and a free throw rate of 0.185 (matching their season average). Minnesota had marks of 21.6 and 0.119, respectively, for those same stats.
The Boilermakers are hoping for a better outcome after their 84-78 loss to the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines in their last game. Trevion Williams was the top scorer from either team with 36 points on 16-for-28 shooting. Michigan had a turnover percentage of 10.5 (better than their season average of 15.4). Purdue, on the other hand, held the Wolverines to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.8 (below their season average of 26.4).
Baskets could be hard to come by in this matchup between two of the country’s premier defenses. Purdue ranks 41st in defensive efficiency (90.2) and Michigan State is 29th (89.6).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year, after splitting two games last season. In the most recent contest, the Boilermakers won 73-63. The Boilermakers played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 and a turnover percentage of 11.3. The Spartans had marks of 25.7 and 16.1, respectively, for those same stats.
Michigan State Spartans at Purdue Boilermakers ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Michigan State, ATS Winner – Michigan State, O/U – Over
Michigan State ranks 18th in blocks per game (5.6) while Purdue ranks 96th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
The Boilermakers have been outscored by an average of 0.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Purdue has defeated opponents by an average of 8.1 points.
During their last five games, the Spartans have scored an average of 86.6 points per game (5.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 58.6 points per game (5.1 below their season average).