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College Basketball Matchup - Michigan Wolverines Penn State Nittany Lions Odds Preview

Penn State Nittany LionsMichigan Wolverines
Feb 17, 12:00 PM | Crisler Arena

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan Wolverines Odds


College hoops betting interest focuses on the Michigan vs Penn State battle Sunday at Crisler Arena as the Wolverines look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Michigan battles the Nittany Lions, currently sitting with a 8-16 mark (9-11 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 13-11 for the Wolverines and 10-9 for the Nittany Lions.

View Penn State vs Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Wolverines as 23.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 252-rated Penn State taking on the No. 17-rated Wolverines in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 81-60 win for the Wolverines on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Michigan has the nation's No. 25-rated offensive output, at 76 PPG. The visiting Nittany Lions defense ranks No. 199 allowing on average 67.3 PPG. The Wolverines FG% has averaged 49.4% so far, more than the Nittany Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 38.4% per game.

Defensively, Penn State features the nation's No. 118-rated defense on the road, allowing 67 points per game. Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 36 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Penn State, they were a 74-72 loser as they battled Iowa at home. They covered in the match as an 8-point underdog. D.J. Newbill went off for 26 points and added 8 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Iowa handed Penn State a 74-72 defeat at Bryce Jordan Center.

Last time out for Michigan, they were a 75-52 loser as they battled Michigan State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite. The Wolverines were hammered by Michigan State on Tuesday, losing by a 75-52 final at Breslin Center in college basketball betting action.

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Illinois are 6-4
After playing Iowa are 4-6
After a loss are 0-10

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Illinois are 6-4
After playing Michigan State are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few Nittany Lions at Wolverines trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Penn State is 5-12-1 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Penn State is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Penn State is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Michigan is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Penn State
Michigan is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Penn State
Michigan is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Penn State at Illinois, Thursday, February 21
Michigan home to Illinois, Sunday, February 24