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Big Ten Tournament - Michigan State Spartans vs Northwestern Wildcats Betting Matchup Report

Northwestern WildcatsMichigan State Spartans
14-18March 14, 2014, 08:55 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse23-8

A key college battle sees the visiting Northwestern Wildcats travelling to Michigan State Friday to take on the Spartans.

Michigan State battles the Wildcats, currently sitting with a 14-18 mark (12-19 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 16-14 for the Spartans and 9-22 for the Wildcats. View Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan State Spartans Odds and Stats.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 70-ranked Spartans and the No. 261-rated Wildcats in this matchup.

Northwestern won its last outing, a 67-62 result against Iowa on March 13. They covered in that game as a 13.5-point underdog. Northwestern earned a 67-62 victory over Iowa on Thursday, getting 20 points from Tre Demps at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Michigan State was a 69-67 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Ohio State. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Michigan State suffered a 69-67 loss against Ohio State on Sunday, getting 23 points from Adreian Payne in a losing effort at Value City Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 213 in NCAA hoops at 32.81 per game. Contrast that with Michigan State’s No. 50 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Michigan State is the No. 16-ranked team in the country at 8.29 per game, while Northwestern rates No. 101 at 6.56 per game.