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Michigan State vs. Nebraska Basketball Betting Preview & Picks

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Michigan State vs. Nebraska Basketball

The year’s NCAA basketball betting action continues this Thursday night with an interesting Michigan State vs. Nebraska basketball matchup. The Spartans come in ranked No. 6 in the nation, ready to prove their dominance over the unranked Nebraska. The Cornhuskers on the other hand, are feeling pretty good after upsetting No. 25 Indiana on the road 66-51. So what kind of turnout can we expect this evening? Let’s check on the NCAA legal betting odds to find out.

Michigan State vs. Nebraska Basketball – Thursday, January 17th

When: 8:00 pm ET

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska

TV: Fox Sports 1

Stream: Fox Sports Go

NCAA Basketball Betting Odds:

Michigan State -1½ (-110)146½ (-110)  -125
Nebraska +1½ (-110)146½ (-110)+105
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Michigan State Spartans        

The Spartans ride into this evening’s Big Ten matchup sporting a 15-2 record. But with a 6-0 record in conference play, the Spartans are currently tied with Michigan for the No. 1 spot in the Big Ten. With that in mind, it’s clear that the Spartans cannot afford a loss this evening. Fortunately for Michigan State, they are 7-3 in their last 10 meetings against the Cornhuskers. On top of that, they come into this evening’s contest sporting the better offensive unit. Right now Michigan State is averaging 85.5 per game, significantly higher than the 78.5 that Nebraska delivers. Defensively the Cornhuskers actually get the edge since they only give up 60.8 while Michigan State allots 66.8. Granted, that defensive edge won’t be enough to neutralize Michigan State’s offense.

Players to Watch: Cassius Winston (17.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 7.4 apg), Nick Ward (16.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 0.9 apg), and Joshua Langford (15.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apg).  

Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Cornhuskers are 2-2 in their last 4, which suggests they don’t have that much momentum. However, as aforementioned, Nebraska managed to upset No. 25 Indiana just the other night. This would suggest that the program is confident enough to give Michigan State a run for their money. But can March Madness betting players actually count on a Cornhuskers upset? Well the odds are hesitant to peg Nebraska as a big underdog this evening, so that should tell you something.

Players to Watch: James Palmer Jr. (19.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg), Isaac Copeland Jr. (14.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Glynn Watson Jr. (13.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.9 apg).

Michigan State vs. Nebraska Basketball Betting Predictions


  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State’s last 5 games
  • Michigan State is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Nebraska
  • Michigan State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Nebraska’s last 5 games when playing Michigan State
  • Nebraska is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Nebraska is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
Michigan State vs. Nebraska Basketball Betting Picks

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Michigan State vs. Nebraska basketball matchup? The odds would suggest this one is a tossup, making either side a great straight up option. You can rake up a ton of value by placing a large bet on Nebraska. Similarly, you can play it safe without sacrificing too much value by taking the favorite Nebraska straight up. Given how lowball the money line is here, you’re definitely going to want to stick with it. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 72-69 Michigan State.