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Michigan State Spartans vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights College Basketball Betting Preview

Michigan State Spartans

vs

Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:00 PM ET
Louis Brown Athletic Center

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will hit the floor running against the away Michigan State Spartans Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost betting bankrolls by covering the point spread in the process.

Michigan State Spartans vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights were listed as 8-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.

Michigan State Spartans vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Michigan State Spartans will look to cover the spread vs the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Thursday, as the Spartans are 10-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Scarlet Knights are 9-9 ATS. Michigan State is 11-7-1 against the total, while Rutgers is 7-9-1 versus the total betting line.

The Scarlet Knights - Spartans odds would favor the Spartans if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Rutgers is rated No. 242 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Michigan State is at No. 33.

How Michigan State Spartans vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Stats Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Rutgers has the nation's No. 245-rated offensive output, at 59.29 PPG. The visiting Michigan State Spartans defense ranks No. 71 allowing on average 62.65 PPG. The Scarlet Knights FG% has averaged 39.93% so far, less than the Rutgers Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.32% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Michigan State got 27 points from Travis Trice on the way to a 79-77 loss against Nebraska on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Rutgers was run off the court by the Nittany Lions on Saturday as Penn State routed them 79-51 at Bryce Jordan Center.

Michigan State Spartans vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Betting Odds Trends

Michigan State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Michigan State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games
Michigan State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Rutgers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rutgers's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rutgers's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Michigan State home to Michigan, Sunday, February 1st
Rutgers at Indiana, Saturday, January 31st

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