Kansas Jayhawks vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 11/09/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Venue:  Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Where to Watch:  ESPN

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Kansas -4.5, MSU +4.5; Over/Under:  143.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Kansas -4.5, MSU +4.5; Over/Under:  143.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Kansas -4.5, MSU +4.5; Over/Under:  143.5 points
 

Season Record

Kansas Jayhawks:  0-0 (Big 12)
Michigan State Spartans:  0-0 (Big Ten)
 
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Kansas Jayhawks vs Michigan State Spartans Preview and Analysis

 
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Kansas Jayhawks Analysis

Kansas is coming into this game ranked as the number 3 team in the nation according to the AP poll. Their team looks very similar to their team last season as they did not lose too many players. All of the players from their starting lineup last season are returning this season except for 1 player, Marcus Garrett who was drafted into the NBA. Last season, their team was 43.6% from the field, 34.2% with their 3-pointers, and 71.6% from the free throw line. Their offense was averaging 73 PPG and their defense was allowing their opponents to average 67 PPG against them. Kansas had an ATS record of 14-14-1 last season and their O/U record was 14-14-1. 
 
 

Michigan State Spartans Analysis

Michigan State is coming into this game as an unranked team on the AP poll. They finished last season with a 15-13 record and were 8th in the Big Ten with a 9-11 record in conference games. Their team looks a little different from last season with some of their starters no longer with the team. Aaron Henry, who was their leading scorer last season, is no longer with the team along with Joshua Langford and Rocket Watts. Last season, their shooting as a team was 42.6% from the field, 32.1% with their 3-pointers, and 72.7% from the free throw line. Their offense was averaging 69.4 PPG and their defense was allowing their opponents to average 71.1 PPG against them. Michigan State had an ATS record of 9-19 last season and their O/U record was 11-17.
 

 

Kansas vs Michigan State Prediction

Kansas is coming into this game as a 4.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. This game is being played on a neutral site on one of the biggest stages in New York at Madison Square Garden. This is the first game of the year for both sides and both will be looking for a strong start to their season. This is a must win game for Kansas as they are already ranked number 3 in the nation to start the season off and if they lose this game then they can kiss that ranking goodbye. Kansas has more of their players returning from last season than Michigan State does and they will likely be more prepared for this game having all played with each other before. The best bet to place in this game is on Kansas to cover the spread here.
 
Kansas Michigan State Prediction:  Our NCAAB Pick for Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Kansas 77 Michigan State 64.
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NCAAB Betting Trends

 
Kansas Jayhawks: 318-365 O/U in all games. 115-131 O/U when the total is 140 to 149.5. 284-310 O/U as a favorite. 82-104 O/U in all neutral court games. 71-87 O/U as a neutral court favorite or pick.
Michigan State Spartans: 314-371 O/U in all games. 80-115 O/U when the total is 140 to 149.5. 70-84 O/U as an underdog. 73-105 O/U in all neutral court games. 21-33 O/U as a neutral court underdog or pick.
 

Key Injuries

 
Kansas Jayhawks:  B. Pettiford (G) Ques Tues - Foot injury. J. Coleman-Lands (G) Ques Tues - Toe injury. J. Wilson (F) Elig Nov 21 - Suspension.
Michigan State Spartans:  None.
 

Notable Quotes

 
“If Jalen (Wilson) was out there, I would say that we probably match up really well. Both teams. Taking Jalen out and inserting a 6-foot point guard — and they know we switch a lot — that is some positional challenges.” - Bill Self ahead of their game against Michigan State on Tuesday.
 
 
“This team, I think, is showing that defensively we're better. And that's one thing we wanted to be from last year. Rebounding, I think we're better. Running, I think we're a lot better. Leadership, as far as on the court at the point. I think we have a lot of reasons (why) were better.” - Tom Izzo on his team coming into this season.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Kansas Jayhawks
PG     Remy Martin
SG     Ochai Agbaji
SF     Christian Braun
PF     Mitch Lightfoot
C     David McCormack
 
Michigan State Spartans
PG     Tyson Walker
SG     Max Christie
SF     Gabe Brown
PF     Joey Hauser
C     Marcus Bingham
 

Statistical Leaders

 
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Michigan State Spartans
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Coaches:
Kansas Jayhawks: Bill Self (19th season)
Michigan State Spartans: Tom Izzo (27th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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