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DePaul looks to pull massive upset vs No. 4-ranked Spartans

The Michigan State Spartans will continue their quest for a national championship when they take on the DePaul Blue Demons in Portland. Both of these teams have suffered some tough injuries to start the season and could be short-handed in this matchup. The Spartans opened as 14-point favorites in the last game of opening night at the PK80 Invitational.

  • Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is doubtful with an ankle injury.
  • DePaul is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games against teams with winning records.
  • Michigan State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games.

Michigan State’s leading scorer may be held out for tonight’s action. Forward Miles Bridges is averaging just under 20 points per game and would be sorely missed by a Spartans team that would have to rely on another highly ranked recruit in Jaren Jackson Jr. The prized recruit had a game to forget versus Stony Brook last Sunday and fouled out in 14 minutes of play. Sophomore Josh Langford will lead Michigan State’s attack on DePaul and the Spartans are 11-0 SU in their last 11 games against teams with losing records.

DePaul is also dealing with the injury bug as top player Devin Gage could be hobbled in tonight’s game with an ankle injury. If he isn’t effective against MSU’s defense, the Demons could be in an even bigger hole as they’re 2-14 SU in their last 16 games against teams with winning records. Bettors may want to steer clear of the Demons, who have already lost two games this season to Notre Dame and Illinois.

The total opened at 149.5 and you might consider placing a wager on the UNDER. Without Bridges, the Spartans could be limited offensively and they will miss his scoring from the perimeter. An interesting trend to note is the UNDER has hit in seven of Michigan State’s last eight games against Big East teams.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The DePaul Blue Demons were listed as 15.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the OVER/UNDER betting odds total was expected shortly.

Michigan State Spartans vs DePaul Blue Demons Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 1-2 and 1-2 ATS DePaul Blue Demons will face the 2-1 Michigan State Spartans, who own a 1-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the DePaul Blue Demons are 1-2 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Michigan State Spartans are 3-0.

This game puts the Blue Demons, most recently No. 203 in the OddsShark power rankings, up against the Spartans, who rate No. 75 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up DePaul's No. 210 nationally ranked offense (70.67 points per game) against a Michigan State Spartans defense that sits No. 189 at 75 PPG. The Blue Demons have been averaging 37.69% from the field, less than the Spartans have managed so far this season (55.31% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Spartans blew out Stony Brook on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 93-71 win at Breslin Center.

Justin Roberts scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Blue Demons to a win (they lost 82-73 to Illinois at State Farm Center on Friday).

Betting Trends
  • Michigan State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • DePaul is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • DePaul is 2-16 SU in its last 18 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of DePaul's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Michigan State home to Notre Dame, Thursday, November 30
DePaul at Youngstown State, Saturday, December 2