Big 10 foes will battle when the No. 11 Michigan State Spartans (5-3) clash against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-2) at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Michigan State Spartans Odds Preview
In the Scarlet Knights’ last outing, they lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers, 71-60. Myles Johnson put together a solid game for Rutgers, contributing 14 points and 14 rebounds. Pittsburgh did an excellent job of making free throws (12-17; 70.6 percent). Rutgers, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.1 (above their season average of 35.3).
The Spartans are hoping for a better outcome after their 87-75 loss to the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils in their last outing. Xavier Tillman led Michigan State in scoring with 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Duke had an effective field goal percentage of 0.623 (above their season average of 0.511). Michigan State, meanwhile, held the Blue Devils to an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 39.4).
Michigan State could dominate on defense as they battle against one of the NCAA’s worst offenses. Dating back to the 2018-19 season, the Spartans rank 13th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.443), while Rutgers is 284th in effective field goal percentage (0.480).
The Spartans won both meetings against the Scarlet Knights last season. In the most recent contest, Michigan State won 71-60. The Spartans dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.364 and a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0. The Scarlet Knights had marks of 0.155 and 24.4, respectively, for those same stats.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan State Spartans ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Michigan State, ATS Winner – Michigan State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
Rutgers ranks 125th in steals per game (6.7) while Michigan State ranks 241st (5.3).