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Nebraska vs Michigan State Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 3rd Betting Odds

Cornhuskers vs Spartans Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan State Spartans
  • Where: East Lansing at Breslin Center
  • Date: Tuesday, January 3rd
  • Betting Odds: Nebraska +7.5, NEBR +261 | MST -344 O/U 132.5

Cornhuskers Preview:

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be looking to pick up their 15th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. So far, the Cornhuskers have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 1-5. For the season, Nebraska has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 2-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Cornhuskers being +7.5 point underdogs.

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Nebraska’s leading scorer this season is Keisei Tominaga who is averaging 10.57 points per contest. So far, Tominaga has accounted for 15.56% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 1.5 rebounds per game and 0.79 assists. Sam Griesel is the second leading scorer for the Cornhuskers, averaging 10.69 points per game. Between him and Griesel, they are accounting for 30.2% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Nebraska is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.3 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 14 games, they have only hit 32.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 37.37% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Spartans Preview:

The Michigan State will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 4 game win streak and have an overall record of 9-4. Currently, the Spartans have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 7-2. The Spartans’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, Michigan State has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 7-2.

Michigan State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Joey Hauser who is averaging 13.75 points per game for the Spartans. Hauser is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Spartans’ offensive gameplan is the play of Tyson Walker who has hit 42.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.0 points per game.

Michigan State comes into their matchup vs Nebraska looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 168th in college basketball at 72.1 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 37.8%. So far, 33.37% of the Spartans’ shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 66.4 possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Nebraska Cornhuskers +7.5

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Michigan State Spartans are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -7.5. However, we anticipate Nebraska putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Spartans as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Cornhuskers to cover.


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