NCAAB Betting: Rutgers at Michigan State Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on January 4, 2021 in

Two of the preseason favorites to be at or near the top of the Big 10 standings will meet up in East Lansing on Tuesday night, as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will invade the Breslin Center to take on the Michigan State Spartans. Let’s take a close look at how both teams arrive to this matchup so you can bet against their College Basketball odds.

NCAA Basketball Betting Analysis – Rutgers Vs Michigan State

Rutgers Hot

Rutgers comes into East Lansing as the 14th rated team in the country. At 7-2 overall, and a 3-2 record in the Big 10, the Scarlet Knights are currently sitting in 6th place in the conference. Michigan State is 7-3 over all, 1-3 in the conference, and is in 11th place in the Big 10 standings.

Things haven’t gone so well for the Michigan Spartans as of late. Saturday night’s victory over Nebraska was their first conference victory of the season. Tom Izzo’s squad has had offensive issues during conference play. Izzo’s squads are very dependent on having a good point guard, and this year Michigan State’s point guard play has been suspect.

The Spartans were banking on great offensive seasons from Aaron Henry and Joey Hauser. Hauser has been good at times, but he hasn’t lived up to expectations. Henry had been a disappointment up until Saturday night. Henry finally came to life against Nebraska, scoring a career-high 27 points in an 84-77 victory. If Henry can continue to play well offensively, the Spartans offense will get a big boost.

It had been a long time since the Rutger Scarlet Knights were a top 25 team. Steve Pikiell’s team lost a heartbreaker to Iowa 77-75 on Saturday. Poor free throw shooting cost Rutgers a key conference victory.

Rutgers has a very balanced offensive attack led by Ron Harper Jr. Harper leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring, averaging 22.1 points and 7 rebounds per game. Jacob Young and Montez Mathis are averaging 15 per game, and Geo Baker comes in at just over 10 per contest.

Michigan State isn’t the defensive force that they’ve been in years past, so it will be a struggle for them to stop the powerful offense of Rutgers. Rutgers overall quickness and toughness will give the Spartans fits. Rutgers also crashes the glass hard, so this will be a matchup of strength vs. strength, as Tom Izzo’s squads are known for their ferocious attacks on the offensive and defensive glass.

Thriller in Big Ten

The Big 10 is one of the most competitive and balanced conferences in the nation. Night in and night out any team is capable of knocking off any other conference team. Even though there won’t be any fans in attendance, Michigan State always plays well at the Breslin Center. They’re coming off of a win, while Rutgers is coming off of a tough loss. While there hasn’t been a betting line set on this game as of yet, we’re thinking that Rutgers will be favored by 5-7 points. Even though Michigan State is down, they always step up their level of play for the big games. This one should be a very close game that will come down to the last couple of minutes of play.