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Michigan vs. Penn State - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Penn State Nittany Lions (7-6) at Michigan Wolverines (13-0)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -12 -- Over/Under: 126.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Michigan Wolverines meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Crisler Center.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight  games. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 70.4 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Lamar Stevens is averaging 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds while Rasir Bolton is averaging 14.2 points and 1.4 assists. Josh Reaves is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Dread is dishing 1.5 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The Penn State Nittany Lions are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost three of their last four road games.

The Michigan Wolverines look for another victory to build on their impressive 13-0 record. The Michigan Wolverines are averaging 73.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 55.1 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Ignas Brazdeikis is averaging 16.5 points and 1.2 assists while Charles Matthews is averaging 13.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. Jordan Poole is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Livers is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Michigan Wolverines are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 65.1 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan Wolverines are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Michigan Wolverines haven’t lost a home game since January 9 of last year.

The Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wolverines are 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 vs. Big Ten, 35-14-2 ATS in their last 51 Thursday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Michigan and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Wolverines last 6 overall. The under is 9-3 in Nittany Lions last 12 overall.

While the Michigan Wolverines make a case as the best team in the country, they're just 5-8 ATS on the season and 1-7 ATS as a double-digit favorite. The Penn State Nittany Lions are 1-3 ATS as an underdog this season. With that being said, Michigan has little betting value based on it not covering these big numbers. The Penn State Nittany Lions also have a history of being a tough, scrappy team that hangs around in games you least expect. I'll take a stab with the Penn State Nittany Lions and the points.

Pick:
Penn State Nittany Lions +12

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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