Michigan State Spartans (14-2) vs Penn State Nittany Lions (7-8)Date : 01/13/2019
Time : 4:30 pm EST
Location : Bryce Jordan Center, University Park Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Michigan State Spartans vs Penn State Nittany Lions
The fifth-ranked Michigan State Spartans will travel to Bryce Jordan Center in University Park Pennsylvania, and which to face the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Due to losing three of their last four games, the Penn State Nittany Lions have been relegated close to the seller of the Big Ten Conference at this point in the season as they are losers of two straight after dropping a contest to the Wisconsin Badgers at home in their last time out. In this matchup, the Nittany Lions looked very much overmatched as Wisconsin was allowed to take a 10-point lead into the break while also cruising to victory in the second behind 49% shooting from the floor along with 50% from three-point range while the Nittany Lions were held to just 37% shooting from the floor or the night en route to the defeat.
Michigan State enter this game on a tear as they are winners of nine straight games after beating up on the Purdue Boilermakers at home as the Spartans heavily outrebounded the Boilermakers in this contest while shooting 45% from the floor. On the other hand, the Boilermakers were relegated to just 31% shooting from the field during the contest while connecting on just seven of 31 3-point attempts, overall.
Michigan State Spartans's Latest Performance :
In all, Michigan State has been great on both sides of the ball lately and this was certainly Illustrated in their last outing versus the Purdue Boilermakers as their defense totally neutralized the outfits for Purdue throughout the contest. And while the Spartans were not overly spectacular shooting from the field at 45%, they were able to get huge contributions, once again, from Cassius Winston along with Nick Ward who ended the game with 23 and 16 points, respectively, as they combined for 15 rebounds while Winston dished out five assists in the contest.
Purdue was led by Trayvion Williams as he posted 13 points off the bench while also pulling down 12 rebounds to provide a huge lift, albeit, in defeat. As stated, Michigan State has simply been able to get it done on both sides of the ball recently as their offense has been putting up big numbers while their defense has certainly been limiting the amount of opportunities that opposing teams receive at the basket. They seek to carry the same type of philosophy into this matchup vs a Penn State team that is currently struggling at the moment and will likely do so on Sunday afternoon as well.
Penn State Nittany Lions's Latest Performance :
And while the offense was never a true staple of the makeup for the Penn State Nittany Lions in 2018, they have downright gone non-existent in their last two outings as Penn State is currently averaging 54 points during this time. As stated, they sunk to a new low in their last outing versus the Wisconsin Badgers as they shot just 37% from the floor while connecting on 4 of 23 point attempts as Lamar Stevens went 9-18 from the floor while leading the team with 22 points, as he was the lone double-digit score for the night.
On the other hand, Wisconsin was on fire from the perimeter and were led by Ethan Happ with 22 points, eight rebounds, in addition to dishing out four assists for a Wisconsin team that currently occupies the fifth-place slot within the Big Ten. The one thing that the Nittany Lions can certainly hang their hat on is the fact that their defense will perform solid enough in which to keep the team competitive as they are allowing just 66 points per game on 44% shooting on a nightly basis. And while they have had their ups and downs lately as well, the Nittany Lions will certainly be looking to allow their defensive unit to be the tip of the spear in setting the tone of this contest versus a Michigan State Spartans team that are not only winners of nine straight, as stated, but, are also winners of three of their last four road games, as well.
How Michigan State Spartans & Penn State Nittany Lions Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Michigan state is 12 – 4 against the spread while the OU is 8 – 7
Penn State is 4 – 10 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 5-11
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting Big 10 matchup amongst these two teams as Michigan State will certainly be looking to continue its present momentum. On the other hand, PSU will be looking to right themselves from a rough patch of play recently to where their offense simply cannot seem to get going. It is for this reason that one should expect Penn State to push the pace early and often as they will certainly not want to allow Michigan State’s defense to get set. On the other hand, one can certainly expect Michigan State to push the pace as well as Penn State, despite its record, possesses a relatively strong defense, in my opinion.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Michigan State Spartans
My reason for the pick :
I certainly have much more confidence in MSU and their play lately as well as throughout the season. With that being said, look for the road team to exert themselves early and often, beginning on the defensive end, where they are allowing teams to average just 36% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis. Furthermore, one can expect the Spartans to clean up on the offensive end as the Spartans will control the pace consistently in which to obtain easy buckets in transition throughout the contest en route to the victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest in that I feel as though Michigan will push Penn State to the brink of submission throughout this contest as they will continuously pound them on the defensive end while locating opportunities in which the score on the offensive end. Of course, one should also look for Penn State to have a bit more fire than Illustrated is their last few outings as they will certainly be looking to pick up a huge win on Sunday. Nonetheless, the over is indeed the strong play in this instance as I certainly see the score board lighting up in favor of the road team in the end.
Betting trends for Michigan State Spartans:
- The Spartans are 5-0 against the spread in last 5 games
- The The over is 6 – 3 – 1 Spartans last 10 games
Betting trends for Penn State Nittany Lions:
- The Nittany Lions are 1-7-1 against the spread in last nine games
- The under is 4-1 in that they Lions last 5 games