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Michigan State vs. Virginia 12/9/2020 College Basketball Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Michigan State takes on Virginia on 12/9/2020 at 9:15PM.

Michigan State and Virginia face off in an regular season game for both teams as every game in this shortened College Basketball season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Michigan State has a record of 5-0 this season. Virginia is 3-1 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

The Michigan State Roster

The Players to Watch for Michigan State

Aaron Henry 6-6 210 Forward

Aaron Henry has a 18.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Aaron Henry attempted 0.203% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.083% of his three point shots fired this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.447% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Aaron Henry has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Rocket Watts 6-2 185 Guard

Rocket Watts sports a 16.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Rocket Watts attempted 0.339% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.368% of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Rocket Watts shot 0.486% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Rocket Watts is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Joey Hauser 6-9 220 Forward

Joey Hauser sports a 29.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Joey Hauser this season has 0.5% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Joey Hauser shot 0.391% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Joey Hauser shot 0.696% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Joey Hauser is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Gabe Brown 6-7 210 Forward

Gabe Brown has a 17.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Gabe Brown attempted 0.656% of his shots from three point range. It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. He made 0.476% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.636% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Joshua Langford 6-5 200 Guard

Joshua Langford sports a 10.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Joshua Langford this season has 0.682% of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Joshua Langford shot 0.4% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.429% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Joshua Langford is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Foster Loyer 6-0 175 Guard

Foster Loyer sports a 13.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Foster Loyer attempted 0.842% of his shots from three point range. It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. He made 0.438% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.333% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Foster Loyer is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Thomas Kithier 6-8 230 Forward

Thomas Kithier has a 13.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Thomas Kithier attempted 0.0% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Thomas Kithier shot nan% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.7% of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

The Virginia Roster

The Players to Watch for Virginia

Sam Hauser 6-8 225 Forward

Sam Hauser has a 26.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Sam Hauser attempted 0.39% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.438% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.68% of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Kihei Clark 5-9 163 Guard

Kihei Clark has a 10.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Kihei Clark attempted 0.235% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Kihei Clark shot 0.25% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.385% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Kihei Clark is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Reece Beekman 6-3 174 Guard

Reece Beekman has a 15.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Reece Beekman this season has 0.313% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.4% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.636% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Reece Beekman is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Reece Beekman has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Jay Huff 7-1 243 Forward

Jay Huff has a 37.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Jay Huff this season has 0.269% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Jay Huff shot 0.429% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Jay Huff shot 0.789% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Jay Huff has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Thomas Woldetensae 6-5 196 Guard

Thomas Woldetensae has a 15.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Thomas Woldetensae attempted 0.706% of his shots from three point range. It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Thomas Woldetensae shot 0.417% from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.6% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Thomas Woldetensae is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Justin McKoy 6-8 221 Forward

Justin McKoy has a 16.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Justin McKoy this season has 0.125% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.5% of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Justin McKoy shot 0.429% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Justin McKoy is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Justin McKoy is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Casey Morsell 6-3 195 Guard

Casey Morsell has a 18.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Casey Morsell attempted 0.316% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.333% of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.462% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Michigan State vs. Virginia Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Michigan State 63 Virginia 61

Spread Pick: Michigan State +2 -110 BetOnline
Total Pick: Under 128.5 -115 Pinnacle Sports