College Basketball Betting Prediction: Michigan State vs Penn State
Tonight a good Big Ten match-up between 18th ranked Michigan State Spartans (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten) and the Penn State Nittany Lions (8-8, 0-4 Big Ten). Michigan State has gone 9-1 in their last ten games with their only loss coming to 9th ranked Minnesota while the Penn State Nittany Lions four straight two at home and two on the road. The record discrepancy between these two teams have BetDSI Sportsbook listing the Penn State Lions as big home dogs against the Spartans.
Michigan State has won three in a row including one on the road to bring their away record to 2-2 on the season. The Spartans are currently ranked 116th in scoring with 70.3 ppg, 31st in rebounds with 39.5 rpg, 78th in assists with 14.6 apg, and 37th in field goal percentage in the country with .469 percent.
Their leading scorer is the well rounded Junior Guard Keith Appling at 13.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, and 4.6 apg. Followed by Freshman Guard Gary Harris 12.9 ppg, 2.7 boards, and one assist per game. The Spartans recruit well including the fore mentioned Harris and Guard Denzel Valentine who is making 5.8 ppg, good against the boards with 4.5 rpg, and 3 assists per match-up. They certainly have a bright future with their core scorers being underclassmen and Juniors.
Penn State has had a disappointing season alternating between wins and losses the first eight games of the year until they went on a four game winning streak that stretched most of December. However January was another story as they have not won yet this month taking four losses.
Penn State is 301st in the nation in scoring averaging 61.4 ppg, 103rd in rebounds 37.0 rpg, 339 in assists with 9.3 apg, and 329th in shooting percentage with a low .389 percent. They do sport two prolific scorers in Sophomore Guard D.J. Newbill 14.9 ppg, 6 rpg, and Junior Guard Jermaine Marshall with 14.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, and 2.3 apg. Their best recruit has been the Freshman Forward Brandon Taylor who is averaging 7.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg, however is shooting below .400 percent from the field.
Michigan State vs Penn State Betting Prediction:
This is a tough match-up to cap as the Michigan State Spartans play 11th ranked OSU at home next game and will look to enter that game in top form. However they have yet to beat any team on the road by more than 11 points this season. With that said the Penn State Lions have dropped a bunch of games by more than 11 points total and just do not have the fire power to keep up with the Spartans. Take the Michigan Spartans against the spread in what is the best play in this match-up.