Michigan State Vs Nebraska Odds & PickJosh Bailey
The Michigan State Spartans and Nebraska Cornhuskers will both look to win consecutive games after snapping their respective losing streaks this past weekend. The two Big 10 rivals will square off live from Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska on Thursday night at 7:00 PM ET with this matchup airing live on ESPN.
How To Bet Michigan State Spartans Vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds & My Pick
Michigan State (13-9) at Nebraska (10-11)
When: Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska
Spread: Michigan State -1.5
Why Bet The Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State (13-9 SU, 10-11 ATS) snapped its three-game losing streak on Sunday by beating longtime rival Michigan 70-62 to cash in as a 2.5-point home favorite as a trio of freshmen came up huge down the stretch.
Miles Bridges finished with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds, Cassius Winston added 16 points and Nick Ward chipped in 13 points to lead the Spartans in a 70-62 win over the Wolverines on Sunday.
"We knew the intensity level was going to be higher than any other game," Bridges said. "We just had to stay poised, keep our calm and just continue to do what we do."
The Spartans are in a fight to reach the NCAA Tournament after uncharacteristically struggling this season.
"Every game right now is a must-win to turn our season around," Winston said.
The Spartans have their hopes set on extending their Big Ten record of 20 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
"There’s definitely pressure on these kids," Izzo said. "That’s no secret."
Why Bet The Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska (10-11 SU, 10-9 ATS) snapped its five-game losing streak by beating No. 20 Purdue 83-80 on Sunday to cover the spread as a 7-point home underdog.
The Cornhuskers were led to victory by a trio of improbable contributor as Jack McVeigh and Jeriah Horne came off the bench to combine for 37 points and 10 rebounds while starter Michael Jacobson’s tip-in gave Nebraska the lead with 42 seconds remaining – all after he had to take intravenous fluids at halftime after getting sick to his stomach twice in the first half.
"We battled in the other games, where you put yourself in a situation where anything is possible," McVeigh said. "Everyone who has watched the Big Ten, no game is a joke. Every win is a good win here in conference play. That was a big win for the morale, and in terms of positioning and everything."
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While Michigan State has struggled mightily this season and Nebraska got a huge win over the nation’s 20th-ranked team the last time out, for me, the Spartans are the pick to get the road win over Nebraska.
Michigan State has more talent on their roster and a much bigger motivation factor as they try to avoid becoming the first Spartans team in two decades to not reach the annual March Madness championship tournament.
While the Spartans have gone 1-3 on the road this season, Nebraska is a modest 7-4 at home this season. Michigan State also averages four more points per game than they allow defensively while Nebraska gives up just a percentage point fewer points per game than they average offensively.
The Spartans will be looking to snap a shocking three-game losing streak against the Cornhuskers that dates back to their last win in this rivalry in 2013.
The good news is that Michigan State is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, not to mention 17-6 ATS in their last 23 games against their Big Ten rivals and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games.
Nebraska is just 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record.
While the Spartans are 0-4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the road team in this rivalry is 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
My final score prediction is Michigan State 75 Nebraska 72