Michigan State vs. Penn State - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (12-6) at Michigan State Spartans (12-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Michigan State Spartans play Wednesday at the Breslin Center.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost five straight games and are still looking for their first Big Ten win. On the season, Penn State is averaging 70.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 21.7 points and 3.2 assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 9.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Shep Garner is dishing 2.3 assists and Ross Travis is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Penn State Nittany Lions have seven players averaging at least 5.1 points while they’re shooting 69.9 percent from the line and 31.7 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 73 or more points in four of its last five games. PSU is 2-3 SU on the road.
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The Michigan State Spartans have won four of their last six games and look for their fourth Big Ten win. On the season, MSU is averaging 73.8 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 61.9 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Denzel Valentine is averaging 13.9 points and 4.2 assists while Travis Trice is averaging 13.8 points and 5.8 assists. Branden Dawson is grabbing 9.5 rebounds and Bryn Forbes is shooting 49.6 percent from the field. The Michigan State Spartans have seven players averaging at least 6.2 points while they’re shooting 63.2 percent from the line and 40.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, MSU is allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in four of its last six games. Michigan State is 8-2 SU on its home court.
The Nittany Lions are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Spartans are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big Ten. The Nittany Lions are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Michigan State and the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Penn State has been brutal in Big Ten play despite getting off to a solid start to the season. Assuming that continues, Michigan State should win this contest in a blowout.