Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan Wolverines - 1/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan Wolverines (8-6) at Penn State Nittany Lions (12-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines will travel to the Bryce Jordan Center to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions this Tuesday night.
The Michigan Wolverines fell to 8-6 (1-1 Big Ten) on the season after losing to the Purdue Boilermakers 64-51 this past Saturday. The Wolverines shot 31.9% from the field in the loss and got outscored by a 39-18 margin in the 2nd half in the loss. Leading the way for Michigan was Spike Albrecht who had 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. The Wolverines are currently ranked 127th in the RPI Standings and has played the 59th ranked SOS. On the season, Michigan has been led by Zak Irvin (14.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg), Caris LeVert (14.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.9 spg), and Derrick Walton Jr. (10.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg). Offensively, the Wolverines are averaging 66.9 ppg (ranked 206th) on 41.9 shooting (ranked 249th). Michigan averages 8.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 20th) on 36.0% shooting (ranked 108th). Defensively, the Wolverines are allowing their opponents to average 62.5 ppg (ranked 103rd) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 257th). Michigan is averaging 8.71 offensive rpg (ranked 317th), 23.14 defensive rpg (ranked 229th), and 31.86 total rpg (ranked 290th).
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The Penn State Nittany Lions dropped to 12-3 (0-2 Big Ten) after losing 50-46 to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this past Saturday. Penn State struggled offensively as they only shot 28.8% from the field and 18.5% from three-point range. Leading the way for Penn State was D.J. Newbill who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Penn State is currently ranked 47th in the RPI Standings and has played 179th ranked SOS. On the season, the Nittany Lions have been led by D.J. Newbill (21.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, and 1.5 spg), Brandon Taylor (10.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg), and Shep Garner (9.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Penn State is averaging 70.3 ppg (ranked 128th) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 196th). The Nittany Lions average just 9.8 apg which ranks 322nd in the country. Defensively, Penn State is allowing their opponents to average 65.9 ppg (ranked 178th) on 38.7% shooting (ranked 49th). The Nittany Lions are averaging 26.73 defensive rpg (ranked 47th) and 37.8 total rpg (ranked 72nd).
The Wolverines are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss.
Michigan started off the season great with wins against Oregon and VCU, however have lost 4 of their last 6 games, including losses to NJIT and EMU. Penn State also got off to a great start this season, however have dropped their first two Big-10 games this season to Wisconsin and Rutgers. Although both teams can go cold on the offensive end, I have more trust with D.J. Newbill at home than I do Michigan on the road. I’m taking the Nittany Lions to cover this small spread.