Michigan vs. Penn State - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (9-5) at Michigan Wolverines (11-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Crisler Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday at the Crisler Center.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look for a statement win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 67.1 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Brandon Taylor is averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds while Shep Garner is averaging 14.9 points and 2.6 assists. Payton Banks is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Reaves is dishing 1.9 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the free throw line. Penn State is allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost eight of their last 10 road games.
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The Michigan Wolverines look to build on their solid five-game winning streak. The Michigan Wolverines are averaging 79.3 points on 50.4 percent shooting and allowing 61.3 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Caris LeVert is averaging 17.6 points and 5.2 assists while Duncan Robinson is averaging 12.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. Derrick Walton Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Zak Irvin is dishing 2.8 assists. The Michigan Wolverines are shooting 41.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. Michigan is allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Michigan Wolverines have won 10 of their last 13 home games.
The Nittany Lions are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big Ten and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 2-10 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Michigan and 7-18-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall.
Michigan is a team that's starting to gell and hit its stride, which is scary for the rest of the teams in the Big Ten. Penn State struggles to win and even compete on the road. Give me the Wolverines in a blowout.