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Michigan State Spartans visit Penn State Nittany Lions in college basketball clash

Michigan State SpartansPenn State Nittany Lions
11-1December 31, 2013, 05:00 | Bryce Jordan Center9-4

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

The Nittany Lions sit at 9-4 (8-2 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Spartans are currently 11-1 (5-5-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Penn State is 8-2 OU, and Michigan State is 6-5 OU.

View Michigan State Spartans vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Penn State sat as 8-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Nittany Lions at No. 67 and the Spartans at No. 9 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Penn State was a 92-82 winner at home against Mount St. Mary's. They failed to cover the 15-point spread as favorites. John Johnson scored 20 points leading the Nittany Lions to a 92-82 victory over Mount St. Mary's at Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Penn State's No. 29 nationally ranked offense (81.23 points per game) against a Spartans defense that sits as the No. 56 at 65.33 PPG. The Nittany Lions have been averaging 47.69% from the field, less than the Spartans have managed so far this season (49.13% on average).

A few Spartans at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Michigan State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Michigan State is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games
Michigan State is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Penn State is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Penn State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Penn State's last 7 games
Penn State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Michigan State at Indiana, Saturday, January 4th
Penn State at Illinois, Saturday, January 4th