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College baskeball point spread favors Spartans in battle with Nittany Lions

Michigan State SpartansPenn State Nittany Lions
Jan 16, 7:00 PM | Bryce Jordan Center

Michigan State Spartans vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds

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Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Bryce Jordan Center Wednesday as host Penn State looks to handle the Michigan State Spartans in NCAA hoops action.

The Nittany Lions are 8-8 so far on the season, and 5-7 ATS vs. the number. The Spartans, meanwhile, are 14-3 and 5-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Penn State go 5-6 and the Spartans go 6-7 on the totals.

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Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 11-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 19-rated Michigan State taking on the No. 239-rated Nittany Lions in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 76-59 win for the Spartans on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Penn State's No. 302 nationally ranked offense (61.4 points per game) against a Spartans defense that sits as the No. 24 at 57.7 PPG. The Nittany Lions have been averaging 38.9% from the field, less than the Spartans have managed so far this season (46.9% on average).

Defensively, Michigan State features the nation's No. 71-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.2 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 295 nationally in scoring at home.

Michigan State was a 66-56 winner in their most recent outing at home against Nebraska. They failed to cover the 18-point spread as favorites. The Spartans grabbed a 66-56 win over the Cornhuskers on Sunday, behind a 17-point effort from Derrick Nix at Breslin Center.

Penn State was a 60-42 loser in its last match on the road against Purdue. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as underdogs. The Nittany Lions got 11 points from Brandon Taylor, but it was Purdue that prevailed in a 60-42 final on Sunday at Mackey Arena.

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Ohio State are 7-3
After playing Nebraska are 1-1
After a win are 8-2

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Nebraska are 0-2
After playing Purdue are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Spartans at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Michigan State is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Penn State
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Michigan State's last 8 games on the road
Michigan State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Michigan State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Penn State
Penn State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Penn State is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Michigan State
Penn State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Penn State is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games when playing Michigan State

Next up:
Michigan State home to Ohio State, Saturday, January 19
Penn State home to Nebraska, Saturday, January 19

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