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Michigan vs Penn State 1/4/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Penn State Nittany Lions (11-3) vs. Michigan Wolverines (8-5)
January 4, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -3 / Penn State Nittany Lions +3; Over/Under: +140.5
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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Michigan Wolverines meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Crisler Center. The Penn State Nittany Lions look for their 12th win. The Michigan Wolverines look for their ninth win.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 76 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Jalen Pickett is averaging 16.8 points and 7.5 assists, while Seth Lundy is averaging 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Andrew Funk is the third double-digit scorer and Camren Wynter is dishing 2 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Penn State Nittany Lions are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game.

The Michigan Wolverines are averaging 76.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Hunter Dickinson is averaging 18.8 points and 8.5 rebounds, while Jett Howard is averaging 14.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Kobe Bufkin is the third double-digit scorer and Terrance Williams II is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Michigan Wolverines are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan Wolverines are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game.

The Nittany Lions are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Wolverines are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Nittany Lions last 5 road games. The over is 13-6 in Wolverines last 19 games following a ATS win. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The Michigan Wolverines are probably the better team on paper, and they’re going to get the benefit of the doubt at home. However, the Penn State Nittany Lions have played the better ball through 14 games, and they’ve proven they can win on the road. PSU is one of the better offensive teams in the country and spanked Illinois in its house. I’ll grab the free bucket.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Penn State Nittany Lions +3

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