Penn State vs. Michigan State - 1/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (15-1) at Penn State Nittany Lions (10-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan State Spartans face off on Sunday in Happy Valley in Big Ten college basketball action.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 10-6 this season and they are coming off of their first Big Ten win of the season knocking off Minnesota. Penn State is averaging 67.6 points and they are shooting 41.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.4 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Brandon Taylor leads PSU averaging 16.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Shep Garner is averaging 14.6 points, Payton Banks is averaging 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Josh Reaves is averaging 6.7 points. Penn State is 7-1 at home this season.
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The Michigan State Spartans are 15-1 this season and have bounced back with two wins since losing their Big Ten opener at Iowa. Michigan State is averaging 79.6 points per game and they are shooting 49 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 60.9 points and their opponents are shooting 35.6 percent. Denzel Valentine leads MSU averaging 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game. Bryn Forbes is averaging 14 points, Eron Harris is averaging 9.7 points, and Matt Costello is averaging 8.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. With Valentine in the lineup Michigan State is one of the top teams in the nation.
Penn State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 6-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games overall. Michigan State is 11-4 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points, 1-4 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The home team has covered the point spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two.
The line is down to nine but with Valentine back I would take the Spartans on the road.