Michigan State vs. Penn State - 2/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (15-13) at Michigan State Spartans (23-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Breslin Center)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Michigan State Spartans and the Penn State Nittany Lions face off on Saturday in Big Ten college basketball action.
The Michigan State Spartans are 23-5 this season and they have won their last three games and seven of their last eight. Michigan State is averaging 79.5 points per game and they are shooting 48.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.5 points and their opponents are shooting 37.2 percent. Denzel Valentine leads the Spartans averaging 19.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game. Bryn Forbes is averaging 14.5 points, Matt Costello is averaging 10.3 points and 8.1 rebounds, and Eron Harris is averaging 9.3 points. Michigan State is 12-2 at home and 10-5 in the Big Ten.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions are 15-13 this season and they have won their last three games. Penn State is averaging 65.3 points per game and they are shooting 40.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.2 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. Brandon Taylor leads the Nittany Lions averaging 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Shep Garner is averaging 14 points, Payton Banks is averaging 9.6 points, and Josh Reaves is averaging 5.8 points. Penn State is 3-7 on the road and 6-9 in the Big Ten.
Michigan State is 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, 8-0 against the spread in their last eight games, and 7-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Penn State is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 1-4 against the spread following a win.
Michigan State won the first meeting this year in Happy Valley by 27 points but I see this one being more competitive and while the Spartans win I see Penn State getting a cover.