Michigan State Spartans vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/6/14
Penn State Nittany Lions (12-10) at Michigan State Spartans (19-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and the Penn State Nittany Lions face off on Thursday in a Big Ten college basketball matchup.
The Michigan State Spartans have lost two of their last three games but they are still tied atop the Big Ten standings. MSU is 9-2 at home this season, 8-1 in the Big 10, and they have played the 15th ranked schedule in the nation. Gary Harris leads the Spartans averaging 18.4 points per game. Keith Appling is averaging 15 points, Denzel Valentine is averaging 7.7 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Travis Trice is averaging 6.7 points. Michigan State is averaging 78.4 points and they are shooting 47.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.9 points and their opponents are shooting 38.4 percent. Michigan State is currently ranked eighth in the nation.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions have won their last three games o raise their record to 3-6 in the Big 10. PSU is 4-5 on the road this season and they have played the 63rd ranked schedule in the country. D.J. Newbill leads the Nittany Lions averaging 17.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Tim Frazier is averaging 16.2 points and 6.4 assists, Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.3 points and 5.0 rebounds, and Ross Travis is averaging 9.8 points and 7.1 rebounds. Penn State is averaging 75.2 points and they are shooting 44.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.3 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Penn State is playing their best basketball of the season.
Michigan State is 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games and 4-1 against the spread following a loss. Penn State is 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine road games, 3-7 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games.
This is a monster number and I look for Penn State to keep it more competitive than that so I will take PSU with the points.
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