Michigan State vs Rutgers Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Thursday, January 19, 2023

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights’ (13-5, 5-2 Big Ten) Big Ten schedule includes Thursday’s matchup with the Michigan State Spartans (12-6, 4-3 Big Ten) at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. It tips at 6:30 PM ET.

Thursday’s matchup between the Spartans and the Scarlet Knights features the Spartans as modest 3-point favorites. The over/under is 127 points for the game.

Michigan State vs. Rutgers Odds

Point Spread for Michigan State vs. Rutgers

The spread for this matchup is set at 3 points, with oddsmakers listing Michigan State as the favorite.

Michigan State vs. Rutgers Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Michigan State has -157 odds to pick up the win, while Rutgers is listed at +131 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 127 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, January 19, 2023
  • Game Time: 6:30 PM ET
  • Location: East Lansing, Michigan
  • Arena: Jack Breslin Students Events Center

Michigan State vs. Rutgers Betting Trends

In the Michigan State’s 18 games this year, it has 10 wins against the spread. The Spartans have won in 10, or 76.9%, of the 13 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Michigan State’s games this year have gone over the point total nine times in 18 opportunities (50%).

Rutgers has played 18 games, with 13 wins, against the spread. The Scarlet Knights have won two of the four games they were the underdog on the moneyline this season (50%). Rutgers’ games this year have hit the over on eight of 18 set point totals (44.4%).

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Michigan State vs. Rutgers Key Players to Watch

Michigan State

A.J Hoggard posts a team-high 6.3 assists per game. He is also averaging 12.6 points and 3.9 rebounds, shooting 42.2% from the field. Joey Hauser is tops on his team in rebounds per game (7.8), and also averages 13.4 points and 2.2 assists. Defensively, he delivers 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Tyson Walker leads the Spartans at 14.8 points per game, while also posting 2.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds. Mady Sissoko is putting up 5.8 points, 0.6 assists and 7.1 rebounds per contest.


Clifford Omoruyi is the Scarlet Knights’ top rebounder (10.1 per game), and he delivers 13.2 points and 1.2 assists. Cam Spencer is the Scarlet Knights’ top scorer (13.9 points per game) and assist man (3.7), and averages 2.8 rebounds. Caleb McConnell is putting up 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, making 42.5% of his shots from the floor. Mawot Mag gives the Scarlet Knights 7.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He also posts 1.0 steal and 0.4 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Michigan State Spartans

The Spartans are 227th in the nation with 69.7 points per game so far this year. At the other end of the court, they rank 80th with 65.4 points allowed per contest. So far this season, Michigan State is averaging 34.1 rebounds per game (92nd-ranked in college basketball) and allowing 29.9 rebounds per contest (114th-ranked).

The Spartans are scoring 69.9 points per game in home games. In road games, they are averaging 63.5 points per contest. Michigan State is sinking 6.9 three-pointers per game (237th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while sporting a 36.7% three-point percentage (62nd-ranked). The Spartans are giving up 6.9 threes per game (146th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing a 30.2% three-point percentage (46th-ranked).

The Spartans have a 7-3 record against the spread while going 7-3 overall in their past 10 games. In its past 10 games, Michigan State has hit the over four times. Michigan State’s offense has been worse over its last 10 games, racking up 68.5 points a contest compared to the 69.7 it has averaged this season. Michigan State has been tougher on the defensive side of the ball as of late, giving up 61.3 points per game during its last 10 contests compared to the 65.4 points per game its opponents are averaging in the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The Scarlet Knights are 197th in the country in points scored (70.9 per game) and fourth-best in points conceded (56.9). Rutgers grabs 35.2 rebounds per game and give up 30.5 boards, ranking 55th and 142nd, respectively, in the country.

In 2022-23 the Scarlet Knights are scoring 9.1 more points per game at home (73.4) than on the road (64.3). Rutgers is 315th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (5.9 per game) and 260th in 3-point percentage (32.5%). In 2022-23 the Scarlet Knights are 109th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (6.6 per game) and 13th-best in defensive 3-point percentage (28.4%).

The Scarlet Knights have an 8-2 record against the spread while going 7-3 overall over their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Rutgers has hit the over five times. Rutgers has performed worse offensively in its past 10 games, putting up 69.2 points per contest, 1.7 fewer points its than season average of 70.9. In their previous 10 games, the Scarlet Knights are surrendering 59.2 points per game, 2.3 more points than their season average (56.9).

Michigan State vs. Rutgers Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is Michigan State, and we project that Rutgers will cover the spread (Michigan State -3). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 127 points.

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How to bet Michigan State vs. Rutgers

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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