Penn St. Nittany Lions vs. Michigan St. Spartans
The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan State Spartans face off on Wednesday in Happy Valley in Big Ten College Basketball action. The Spartans are -11 point favorites over the Nittany Lions with an over/under point total set at 123.5.
The Big Ten schedule couldn’t have started any worse for the Penn State Nittany Lions as they have lost their first for games on the Big 10 conference schedule. Penn State is 7-3 at home this season and they have played the 76th ranked schedule in the nation. As a team Penn State is averaging 61.4 points, 9.4 assists, and they are shooting 39 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.9 points, 11.4 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.8 percent. D.J. Newbill is averaging 14.9 points and 6.1 rebounds, Jermaine Marshall is averaging 14.1 points, and Ross Travis is averaging 7.2 points and 7.6 rebounds. Penn State follows this one with a home date against Nebraska where they may have a better chance of getting their first Big Ten win of the year.
The Michigan State Spartans enter this game ranked 18th in the country and have won their last three games. MSU has played the 32nd ranked schedule in the country and they are 2-2 on the road thus far this year. As a team Michigan State is averaging 70.3 points, 14.6 assists, and they are shooting 46.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 57.7 points, 11.2 assists, and their opponents are shooting 37.6 percent. Keith Appling is averaging 13.8 points and 4.6 assists, Gary Harris is averaging 12.8 points, and Branden Dawson is averaging 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. Michigan State once again doesn’t always make it look pretty but they effective at getting wins.
Penn State is 2-6-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, Penn State is 1-6-1 against the spread in their last eight Big Ten games, and 3-7-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Michigan State is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 1-5 against the spread following a win, and 2-6 against the spread in their last eight road games. The home team has covered four in a row in this series.
Tim Frazier gave Penn State a chance to hang around with the good teams and maybe steal a win but without him they have not been good enough and they probably aren’t good enough here.
Michigan St. Spartans -11 Penn St. Nittany Lions