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Michigan State takes on Northwestern

The Michigan State Spartans have had trouble paying off against Northwestern in recent seasons as those schools hit the hardwood together in odds action on Wednesday night.

Michigan State is 4-1 SU but just 1-4 ATS in its past five games against Northwestern dating back to 2010, with the Spartans topping the Wildcats 71-61 when they last met last March but failing to cover the 18-point spread on the day.

The Wildcats bring a 8-9 record (5-11 ATS) to this tilt against the 15-1 Spartans, who are 8-6-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Northwestern go 6-10 so far and the Spartans go 8-7.

View Michigan State Spartans vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wildcats at No. 236 and the Spartans at No. 7 heading into this contest.

Michigan State was an 87-75 winner in its last match at home against Minnesota. They covered the 11-point spread as favorites. Michigan State got 24 points from Keith Appling en route to an 87-75 victory over Minnesota on Saturday at Breslin Center.

In their last action, Northwestern was a 49-43 winner at home against Illinois. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats got 13 points from Drew Crawford as Northwestern ran past Illinois 49-43 on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Spartans rank No. 18 in NCAA Division 1 with 40.38 per game. That compares with Northwestern’s No. 184 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Northwestern is college basketball's No. 97-ranked team at 6.71 per game, while the Spartans rate No. 25 with 8.25 per game.

A few Spartans at Wildcats trends to consider:
Michigan State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Michigan State's last 9 games
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Northwestern is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Northwestern is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Michigan State at Illinois, Saturday, January 18th
Northwestern at Indiana, Saturday, January 18th