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Michigan State Spartans vs Northwestern Wildcats Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Northwestern WildcatsMichigan State Spartans
12-12February 13, 2014, 07:00 | Breslin Center20-4

The Michigan State Spartans host Northwestern on Thursday, looking to build on their 20-4 mark against the 12-12 Wildcats in college hoops action at Breslin Center.

The Spartans sport a record of 20-4 and 13-9-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Wildcats have 12-12 and 9-14 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-12 for the Spartans and 6-17 for the Wildcats.

View Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan State Spartans Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Spartans installed as -16-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 40-ranked Spartans and the No. 298-rated Wildcats in this matchup.

Last time out for Northwestern, they were a 53-49 loser as they battled Nebraska at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite. The Wildcats endured a 53-49 loss at the hands of the Cornhuskers on Saturday, despite a 14-point effort from JerShon Cobb at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Michigan State was a 60-58 loser in its last match on the road against Wisconsin. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Michigan State suffered a 60-58 loss against Wisconsin on Sunday, getting 24 points from Adreian Payne in a losing effort at Kohl Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 180 in NCAA hoops at 34.08 per game. Contrast that with Michigan State’s No. 27 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Michigan State is the No. 37-ranked team in the country at 7.88 per game, while Northwestern rates No. 109 at 6.46 per game.

A few Wildcats at Spartans trends to consider:
Northwestern is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 5 games
Northwestern is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Michigan State is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
Michigan State is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State's last 6 games
Michigan State is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games at home

Next up:
Northwestern home to Minnesota, Sunday, February 16th
Michigan State at Nebraska, Sunday, February 16th