Penn State vs. Michigan - 2/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan Wolverines (22-7) at Penn State Nittany Lions (19-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Michigan Wolverines look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Michigan Wolverines are averaging 73 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 63.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Moritz Wagner is averaging 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds while Charles Matthews is averaging 13.5 points and 2.7 assists. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman is the third double-digit scorer and Duncan Robinson is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Michigan Wolverines are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 64.6 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan Wolverines are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game. The Michigan Wolverines have split their last six road games.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 76.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 66.3 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Tony Carr is averaging 19.6 points and 4.9 assists while Lamar Stevens is averaging 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. Mike Watkins is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Reaves is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Penn State Nittany Lions are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won four straight home games.
The Wolverines are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games, 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. Big Ten and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Wolverines are 17-8-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings.
Penn State has not beat Michigan since February of 2013 and has lost nine of the last 10 meetings overall. However, these Penn State Nittany Lions are playing some of their best ball in years, as they're shooting 52 percent from the field in their last five games and are outscoring teams by nearly 15 points at home this season. We know Michigan is a solid team that's capable of winning on the road and can get hot, but it's tough betting against the Nittanty Lions in their current form. PSU also needs as many wins as it can get if it hopes to sneak into the big dance. I'll lay the small chalk.