College Basketball Pick Michigan State vs Syracuse 12-7-10

December 7, 2010


#8 Michigan State Spartans vs #7 Syracuse Orange

Tuesday December 7, 2010 9:00 PM EST

Line: Michigan State -3.5

Another college basketball game in Madison Square Garden and it’s looking to be as exciting as the earlier game. Michigan State now has 2 loses on the season after losing at #! Duke nearly a week ago 84-79. This is the 3rd ranked opponent for the Spartans thus far this season. Syracuse has yet to play a ranked opponent, and have not been blowing out some lesser teams. The Orange are undefeated but this is their first true challenge in the spotlight.

Stats to consider:

Michigan State Spartans:

  • The Spartans are 6-2.
  • Points per game: 78.6 (45th)
  • Field Goal PCT: .490 (25th)
  • Rebounds per game: 39.9 (48th)
  • Assists per game: 17 (21st)

Syracuse Orange:

  • Syracuse is 8-0 this season.
  • Points per game: 69.9 (178th)
  • Field Goal PCT.430 (213th)
  • Rebounds per game: 40.6 (37th)
  • Assists per game: 15.8 (47th)

What to watch for:

  • Spartans Senior G Kalin Lucas leads the Spartans with 14.9 PPG and 4.7 APG. Look for the Spartans to go as Lucas goes.
  • Michigan State Junior F Draymond Green is averaging 13.8 PPG while leading the team with 9.4 RPG.
  • Syracuse Senior F Rick Johnson leads the team with 12.4 RPG. He has also put up a solid 13.1 PPG and will need to be a big part of the Orange offense and rebounding.
  • Orange Junior G Scoop Jardine leads the team with 6.9 APG. He has also contributed 12.5 PPG.

Sports picks are hinged on record. This pick will look at record and strength of schedule thus far. Michigan State has played 2 ranked teams and are 1-1. They lost to a UConn team on a neutral site and they are ranked #6 in the nation now. The toughest team that Syracuse has beaten this year was Michigan in a 53-50 game back in November. They haven’t played a ranked team and are in for a big challenge this week vs an experienced Spartans team that should come out and play at a high level.

Free College Basketball Pick: Michigan State -3.5

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