Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Scarlet Knights versus the Spartans? Tip off is at at 12:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on BTN. The game will be played at Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI. This Big Ten conference matchup has an over/under of 136.5 points, and the Spartans are favored to win at home vs. the Scarlet Knights.
RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS VS MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +10.5
This game will be played at Breslin Center at 12:00 ET on Sunday, January 14th.
WHY BET THE RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Spartans.
- Even though we have Michigan State winning straight-up, we like Rutgers at +10.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Can Rutgers Lock in a Road Win?
As an underdog, Rutgers has a record of 1-4 this season. They have been the underdog in five of their 15 games. On the road, the Scarlet Knights are 1-3 this season, and their average scoring margin is -6.2 points per game.
Coming off a win over Indiana, Rutgers has a record of 9-6 this season. In their last 10 games on the road, the Scarlet Knights are 4-6. So far, their record in the Big Ten is 1-3.
As the underdog, Rutgers has gone 2-3 against the spread this season and 6-4 over their last 10 games as the underdog. On the road, the Scarlet Knights have an ATS mark of 2-2 this year and are 6-4 over their last 10 road games.
So far this season, the over/under record for Rutgers’ games is 4-11. Currently, the average scoring total in their games is 132.1 points. Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (137.1). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 144 points.
Coming off their recent game, the Rutgers offense tallied 66 points in a matchup against Indiana. Their field goal percentage for the game was 32.3%, and they made 5 threes. Leading Rutgers in scoring vs. Indiana was Mawot Mag with his 13 points. Aundre Hyatt also added 12 points for the Scarlet Knights.
The Scarlet Knights’ defense is presently ranked 28th nationally, allowing an average of 63.7 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.9 threes per game vs. Michigan State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 31.8%.
Will the Spartans Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?
The Spartans are 9-7 overall and 1-4 in Big Ten games. They are 9-4 at home this season, and they have won five straight games at the Breslin Center. So far, they have been favored in 12 of their 16 games, going 8-4 in those contests.
Michigan State is coming off a 71-68 loss to Illinois, and they have lost two in a row. On the season, their average scoring margin at home is +15.6 compared to -8.0 on the road.
Michigan State has a solid ATS record of 9-7 this season and they are 8-5 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Spartans are 7-3 vs. the spread.
Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Michigan State’s games this season (143.2). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 151 points. On the season, their over/under record is 8-8.
In contrast to their season average of 77.4 points per game, the Michigan State had a below average performance. They scored 68 points against Illinois and had a field goal percentage of 42%. On the offensive front, the Spartans have a season-long field goal percentage of 48%, ranking 56th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 149th in terms of percentage and 252nd in three-pointers made.
So far, the Spartans’ defense is ranked 66th in the country at 66.2 points per contest. Michigan State will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Illinois to just 41% shooting in their most recent game.