Texas treks to Michigan State for NCAA odds clash

By: Joe Freda | Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Durrell Summers

Durrell Summers is coming off a season-best 25 points for the Spartans.

The No. 18 Texas Longhorns picked up their third straight win in Saturday’s 78-76 thriller as 3 ½-point dogs against the North Carolina Tar Heels in Greensboro.  Rick Barnes’ squad puts its streak on the line again in Wednesday’s road test against the No. 12 Michigan State Spartans, who have scored at least 83 points per game in their five home contests.

Longhorns guard Cory Joseph hit a clutch jump shot with six seconds left for Saturday’s win.  The freshman guard finished with a season-high 21 points, playing a team-high 35 minutes.

Texas’ Jordan Hamilton notched 24 points and 10 rebounds, logging his second double-double in three games.  The Longhorns’ leading scorer (19.4 PPG) drained 4-of-7 from three-point land while adding two assists.

The tight battle’s combined 154 points jumped above the NCAA odds ‘total’ of 147, ending a 3-0 ‘under’ streak in Texas’ three prior board games.  Both squads united to sink 28-of-39 free throws, while the Longhorns outrebounded North Carolina, 39-33.

Texas improved to 3-1 ATS in its four road games, with the ‘total’ splitting at 2-2.  Hamilton and Co. have put up 72.5 PPG in that span.

Michigan State enjoyed a non-board spanking in Saturday’s 90-51 home win against the Prairie View A&M Panthers.  The Spartans connected on 50 percent of their field buckets, while hitting 18-of-22 from the foul line.

Spartans guard Durrell Summers piled in a season-high 25 points.  The senior hit 5-of-7 from beyond the arc while finishing with six boards.

Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas notched a team-high eight assists en route to logging 10 points.  The Detroit native added a season-high three steals, while grabbing three rebounds.

Lucas and Co. held Prairie View A&M to a stingy 32.7 percent shooting from the field, while outrebounding the Panthers, 40-30.

Michigan State is 2-2 ATS in its four board games at home, with the ‘total’ also an even 2-2.  Tom Izzo’s troops have allowed 58.2 PPG in that stretch.

The Spartans are 3-1 ATS in their last four meetings against Texas, with the ‘under’ also cashing at 3-1.

The Longhorns won last December’s battle between the foes, 79-68, as 9 ½-point home favorites.  Texas hit 56.1 percent of its shots from the field, including Hamilton’s 4-of-6 from three-point land.  Lucas and Summers finished with 11 points each for Michigan State.

Wednesday’s tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PT), with ESPN2 providing the national television coverage.

Both squads will be off for eight days, resuming action on college basketball’s Dec. 31 schedule.  Texas will host the Coppin State Eagles, while Michigan State remains home to open its Big Ten schedule against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

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