College Basketball Betting Preview: Michigan State Spartans vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers – Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

by | Jan 16, 2019 | NCAA Basketball

Matchup at a Glance

When: Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 8:00 PM EST

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska

Point Spread: Michigan St -1

Betting Total: 145 points

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The #6 ranked Michigan State Spartans (15-2) travel to Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the (13-4) Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten battle.  Michigan State has already made a statement winning their first six conference games and that is good enough to put them in a tie for first place with state rival Michigan who is also 6-0 in the conference.  

Nebraska has not fared as well with a 3-3 conference record.  That puts them right in the middle of the pack 3 games out of first place.  Michigan State comes in winning 10 straight games, while Nebraska has won it’s past two games.  

Michigan St last played on Sunday winning easily at Penn St 71-56.  Nebraska in their previous game on Monday pulled off a big upset at 25th ranked Indiana 66-51.  

Game Location

This game is being played at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska with the tip-off scheduled to take place at 8:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

BetOnline has set the point spread for this game at Michigan St -1 and the over/under has been set at 145 points.

Michigan State Spartans

Michigan St is scoring 85.5 ppg while giving up 66.8 ppg.  Their offense is ranked in the top ten in many categories. They are 10th in scoring, 8th in FG percentage, 7th in 3 point percentage and 4th in offensive rebounding.   

Michigan St has three players averaging at least 15 points per game. The leader is Cassius Winston at 17.6, along with Nick Ward at 16.6 and Joshua Langford at 15. Kenny Goins leads the team in rebounding pulling down 9.4 boards a game.  

The assists leader is also their scoring leader in Cassius Winston at 7.4 per game. Michigan St guard Joshua Langford is out for this game.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers

I guess the first thing to mention about Nebraska is they have won 20 straight home games, so they are not going to go down easy.  Nebraska is scoring 78.5 ppg while giving up 60.8 ppg. Nebraska has some impressive defensive rankings this season, but their defensive rankings at home are exceptional.   

They are 3rd in points allowed, 2nd in field goal percentage allowed, 7th in defending 3 point percentage. Nebraska is led in scoring by James Palmer Jr who is scoring 19 points per game.  

They have three others who are averaging double digits per game. Isaiah Roby leads the team in rebounding with 6.4 per game. Taking a look at assists, we have Glynn Watson Jr. leading with 3.9 per game.  

Keys Trends/Stats/Notes

  • Michigan St is 7-3 SU last 10 vs Nebraska
  • Michigan St is 3-0 SU & ATS last 3 vs Nebraska
  • Michigan St is 5-4-1 ATS last 10 vs Nebraska
  • Over is 6-3-1 last 10 in this series
  • Michigan St is 13-4 ATS
  • Nebraska is 11-4-1 ATS
  • Nebraska is 7-1-1 ATS at home

Home streak continue as Huskers upset Spartans

This is a tough game to call.  One of the things telling me to take Nebraska is the line.  The number six team in the country is only giving an unranked team one point.  This is what I call “a read the line special”.

The linemakers feel there is a great shot at an upset or this line would be 5-6 points.  It is a long season and even great teams are going to lose games, especially on the road. I am not saying MSU is great, but they are definitely the better team between the two.  

Michigan State’s offense is due to cool down and Nebraska at home plays a shutdown defense. This game has upset written all over it. As I type this, the more I am liking it. Love the Huskers!

 

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