Date: Jan. 28, 2021
Tipoff: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: Fox Sports 1
Location: Piscataway, New Jersey
Arena: Rutgers Athletic Center AKA “The RAC”
Moneyline: RUT: (-145) | MSU: (+125)
Spread: RUT: -2.5 (-115) | MSU: -+2.5 (-105)
Total: 141.5 – Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Michigan State enters the contest tonight with a record of 8-4 overall and 2-4 in conference play, but has not played a game since losing to Purdue, 55-54 on Jan. 8. Ironically, the Spartans’ last win was against the Scarlet Knights, 68-45 on Jan. 5th at the Breslin Center.
At the time, Rutgers was ranked No. 15 in the country with a 7-2 record, but the Scarlet Knights’ loss to the Spartans was part of a five-game losing streak that now has the team at 8-6 overall and 4-6 in conference play. However, Rutgers did bounce back last time out with a win at Indiana on Sunday.
The Spartans have never lost a game to Rutgers in 11 total games going back to 1970. Since Rutgers became a member of the Big Ten, Coach Izzo and company are 10-0 against the Scarlet Knights with seven of those wins coming against current head coach Steven Pikiell. With MSU already sitting two games below .500, tonight’s game has the feel of a “must win” contest. Tonight would not be a good time for Rutgers to earn its first win over the Spartans.