The Northwestern Wildcats and the Michigan State Spartans are side by side in the ACC standings. Who will get the win in Tuesday’s game at Winston-Salem? Will it be No. 2 Northwestern? Or will it be the upset-seeking home team Michigan State? Check out our preview below of this Northwestern-Michigan State ACC college basketball matchup.
Betting Preview for the Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan State Spartans NCAA College Basketball Game on January 15 2022
Where: Jack Breslin Student Events Center (East Lansing, MI)
When: Saturday, January 15, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: Big Ten Network
Betting on the Northwestern Wildcats (odds)
Record: 8-5 Overall / 1-3 Conference
Northwestern is currently on a three-game losing skid. That stretch includes the Wildcats’ 73-67 home loss to the Spartans on Jan 2. Then they lost to the Penn State Nittany Lions at home, 74-70, and to the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. Northwestern will look to snap its losing streak Wednesday against the Marland Terrapins at home before the rematch with Michigan State. The Wildcats have shot over 40 percent from behind the arc in each of their last two games. It’s just that they are getting swallowed up on defense. Senior big man Pete Nance will look to lead the way for Northwestern again, He had 13 points with six rebounds in the first meeting with Michigan State, while juniors Chase Audige and Boo Buie each scored 12 points. The Wildcats shot just 5/24 from deep in that game, so the hope for they are hoping they remain hot from the 3-point region when they arrive in East Lansing on Saturday.
Northwestern is 3-2 against the spread in its last five road games.
Betting on the Michigan State Spartans (odds)
Record: 13-2 Overall / 4-0 Conference
Unlike Northwestern, the Spartans are on a roll. They extended their win streak to eight games after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers at home on Jan. 5, 79-67. Their only losses so far this season came against ranked teams in the Kansas Jayhawks and the reigning national champions Baylor Bears. Michigan State also had solid wins against the likes of the Loyola Chicago Ramblers and the UConn Huskies. In their win against the Wildcats earlier this month, the Spartans leaned on senior Gabe Brown, who finished with 20 points with a perfect 7/7 shooting from the foul line, while seven-footer Marcus Bingham posted a near double-double of 13 p[points and nine rebounds. Michigan State expects to bottle up the Wildcats’ perimeter shooting again just like in the first meeting when the Spartans held Northwestern to just 5/24 from behind the arc. The Spartans, who will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers Wednesday, own the third-best adjusted defensive efficiency in the Big Ten, per KenPom.
Michigan State is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games as the home team versus the Wildcats.
Michigan State wins, 79-69.
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