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Big Ten Tournament - College basketball point spread favors Wolverines in battle with Nittany Lions

Penn State Nittany LionsMichigan Wolverines
March 14, 2:25 PM | United Center

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan Wolverines Odds

10-20TEAM RECORD25-6

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Michigan and Penn State on Thursday, with the host Wolverines trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Big Ten Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at United Center.

The Wolverines bring a 25-6 record (14-15-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 10-20 Nittany Lions, who are 14-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Michigan go 16-14 so far and the Nittany Lions go 14-11.

View Penn State vs Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Michigan in this one found them as 15-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 238-rated Penn State taking on the No. 38-rated Wolverines in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 80-61 win for the Wolverines on Thursday.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Michigan's No. 158-rated squad against Penn State's No. 158-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Michigan rates No. 45 in the country with 7.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 284 nationally with 5.1 per match.

Defensively, Penn State features the nation's No. 132-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.6 points per game. Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 49 nationally in scoring at home.

Penn State was a 63-60 loser in its last match at home against Wisconsin. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs. Penn State suffered a 63-60 loss against Wisconsin on Sunday, getting 23 points from Jermaine Marshall in a losing effort at Bryce Jordan Center.

In their last action, Michigan was a 72-71 loser at home against Indiana. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites. Trey Burke scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Wolverines to a win (they lost 72-71 to Indiana at Crisler Arena on Sunday).

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
After playing Wisconsin are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few Nittany Lions at Wolverines trends to consider:
Michigan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Penn State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan's last 6 games when playing Penn State
Michigan is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Michigan is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games

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