Penn State vs. Michigan State - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Michigan State Spartans (20-9) at Penn State Nittany Lions (21-8)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +2 -- Over/Under:
The Michigan State Spartans and the Penn State Nittany Lions meet in college basketball action from Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday.
Michigan State is sitting at 20-9 on the year so far. Since their last loss to Maryland on February 15, Michigan State has taken out Nebraska, Iowa and Maryland in their last three outings.
In the win over Maryland, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston put up 20 points with six assists and three rebounds to lead the team. Malik Hall added 16 points and six boards there, and Xavier Tilman doubled up on 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
Over on the Penn State side, they’re 21-8 on the season. In their last four games, Penn State is 1-3, beating Rutgers while falling to Illinois, Indiana and Iowa otherwise in that stretch.
In the loss to Iowa, Penn State’s Lamar Stevens led the team on 20 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, and Seth Lundy had 19 points with four rebounds. Also in double-digits there was Myles Dread with 11 points, five rebounds and one assist.
Penn State is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 Tuesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six after an ATS loss. Penn State is 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall and the under is 4-1 in their last five home games.
Meanwhile, Michigan State is 0-6 ATS in their last six Tuesday games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games. Michigan State is 2-6 ATS in the last eight overall and the over is 3-1-1 in their last five road games.
Trying to predict the Big Ten on a game-by-game basis this year is an exercise in futility. Michigan State and Penn State have been right in the mix for quite some time, and when these teams last met on February 4 it was a hard-fought 75-70 road win for Penn State.
Michigan State comes into this one on a roll, with 78 or more points in each of their last three games, and consecutive victories over ranked teams. This one is bound to be another classic matchup, and I like Michigan State to ride the wave to a cover.