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Penn State vs. Michigan State - 1/13/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Michigan State at Penn State
Date & Time Sunday January 13, 2019, 4:30 PM (EST)
Location
Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, PA
The Line
Michigan State Wolverines -5 -- Over/Under: 141
TV Channel
CBS
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The Michigan State Spartans and the Penn State Nittany Lions meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Michigan State Spartans will look to build on their current 9-game winning streak after a 77-59 win over Purdue in their last outing. Cassius Winston led the Spartans with 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 4 threes, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Nick Ward added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Xavier Tillman added 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Spartans in the win while Kenny Goins added 7 points with team-highs of 11 rebounds and 6 assists with a pair of steals and 3 blocks of his own in the victory. Winston leads the Spartans with an average of 18 points and 7.4 assists per game while Goins leads Michigan State in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per ame this season. As a team, Michigan State is averaging the 9th-most points per game in the country, scoring 86.4 points per game on 50.6% shooting from the field, 39.8% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season. The Spartans are also tough on defense, giving up just the 3rd-lowest field goal percentage in D-I, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.9% from the floor this season.

The Penn State Nittany Lions will be looking for a huge win to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 70-64 loss to Nebraska in their last outing. Josh Reaves led the Nittany Lions with 20 points on 8 of 17 shooting with 4 threes while Lamar Stevens and Myles Dread each added 13 points with Stevens grabbing 9 rebounds while Dread shot 5 of 11 with 3 threes and 6 rebounds. Mike Watkins added 12 points along with 14 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Penn State in the losing effort. Stevens leads the Nittany Lions with an average of 18.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while Reaves leads Penn State in assists with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Penn State is averaging 67.9 points per game on 41.1% shooting from the field, 31.2% from behind the arc and 67% from the foul line this season.

Michigan State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 conference games while the under is 14-6-1 in their last 21 games following a win. Penn State is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games following a loss. The home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.

Michigan State has been rolling, winning 9 in a row with some tough opposition mixed in with the likes of Iowa and Florida last month along with an 18-point win over Purdue and a 26-point win over Northwestern so far in the new year. Penn State has the talent, but the fact is that the Nittany Lions are 0-5 in conference so far with 4 of those 5 losses being by at least 7 points. Even at home, I don’t see how the Nittany Lions keep up with Michigan State here, so I’ll lay the points with the Spartans in this one.

Pick:
Michigan State -5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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