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Northwestern Wildcats take on Spartans in NCAA basketball test

Northwestern WildcatsMichigan State Spartans
March 10, 6:00 PM | Breslin Center

Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan State Spartans Odds

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Breslin Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Michigan State Spartans and the visiting Northwestern Wildcats in college hoops action on Sunday.

Michigan State will face the 13-17 Wildcats, who own a 13-14 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Spartans are 12-14 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Wildcats are 10-13-1 favoring the OVER.

View Northwestern vs Michigan State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 19-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Spartans - Wildcats odds would favor the Spartans if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Michigan State is rated No. 9 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northwestern is at No. 242. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 73-61 win for the Spartans.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Wildcats rank No. 317 in NCAA Division 1 with 30.8 per game. That compares with Michigan State’s No. 40 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Michigan State is college basketball's No. 297-ranked team at 5 per game, while the Wildcats rate No. 49 with 7.6 per game.

Defensively, Northwestern features the nation's No. 86-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.9 points per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 143 nationally in scoring at home.

Northwestern was a 66-59 loser in their most recent outing at home against Penn State. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. Northwestern suffered a 66-59 loss against Penn State on Thursday, getting 22 points from Alex Marcotullio in a losing effort at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Last time out for Michigan State, they were a 58-43 winner as they battled Wisconsin at home. They covered in the match as a 5-point favorite. The Spartans grabbed a 58-43 win over the Badgers on Thursday, behind a 19-point effort from Keith Appling at Breslin Center.

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
After playing Penn State are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 10-0
After playing Wisconsin are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

A few Wildcats at Spartans trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games on the road
Northwestern is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Northwestern is 1-15 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Michigan State
Northwestern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Michigan State is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games at home
Michigan State is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Northwestern
Michigan State is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing Northwestern
Michigan State is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games