Nebraska at Michigan State -14.5 O/U 142
Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet tonight in East Lansing. The visiting Cornhuskers come in on a three-game winning streak to face the Spartans who are on a two-game losing skid. Michigan State was overpowered by up-and-coming Iowa last Thursday and then lost a heartbreaker on the road in Madison. More important is that MSU lost the leader of their team in starting point guard Tum Tum Nairn who is prized by head coach Tom Izzo for pushing the pace on offense. Izzo said he didn't know when Nairn would be back but would not play against Nebraska. Michigan State ranks 39th in the nation in defensive adjusted efficiency which is a step up in class from what Nebraska has faced to this point this year with an opponent’s defensive efficiency ranking of 181st. This combined with the fact that Nairn is out should mean a different offensive philosophy for the Spartans the next couple games: “The guy does a lot for us,” Izzo said. “He’s one of those guys that the players appreciate and so that was a big loss for us. We think we could have ran them. Unlike other Wisconsin teams they go to the boards a little bit more which means they’re susceptible to the break. We got a couple right down the middle, we got a couple right in the corners. But it’s no question we’re not as good running without Tum.” Good situation to step in and play the under.