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Michigan State Spartans visit Northwestern Wildcats in NCAAB hoops battle

Michigan State SpartansNorthwestern Wildcats
Jan 14, 3:00 PM | Welsh-Ryan Arena

Michigan State Spartans vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds


Welsh-Ryan Arena will host Wildcats vs. Spartans action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.

This season, the Wildcats are 11-5 overall and 5-6 ATS ATS, while the Spartans are 15-2 and 11-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Northwestern boasts a 7-4 on the OU, and Michigan State is 8-5-2.

View Michigan State vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Northwestern opened as 4.5-point underdogs in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats - Spartans odds would favor the Spartans if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northwestern is rated No. 170 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Michigan State is at No. 1. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 85-73 win for the Spartans.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Northwestern's No. 303-rated squad against Michigan State's No. 9-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Northwestern rates No. 11 in the country with 8.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 241 nationally with 5.4 per match.

Defensively, Michigan State features the nation's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.2 points per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 189 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Michigan State, they were a 95-61 winner as they battled Iowa at home. They covered in the match as a 13.5-point favorite. The Spartans blew out Iowa on Tuesday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 95-61 win at Breslin Center.

In their last action, Northwestern was a 66-64 loser on the road against Michigan. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats endured a 66-64 loss at the hands of the Wolverines on Wednesday, despite a 21-point effort from John Shurna at Crisler Arena.

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Michigan are 7-3
After playing Iowa are 6-4
After a win are 10-0

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Wisconsin are 4-6
After playing Michigan are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Spartans at Wildcats trends to consider:
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
Michigan State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
Northwestern is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games when playing at home against Michigan State
Northwestern is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games when playing Michigan State

Next up:
Michigan State at Michigan, Tuesday, January 17
Northwestern at Wisconsin, Wednesday, January 18