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Penn State Nittany Lions take on Spartans in college basketball test

Penn State Nittany LionsMichigan State Spartans
Feb 8, 6:30 PM | Breslin Center

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan State Spartans Odds

10-14TEAM RECORD18-5

A key college battle sees the visiting Nittany Lions travelling to Michigan State Wednesday to take on the Spartans on Wednesday.

The Spartans sport records of 18-5 and 14-7 ATS heading into this battle, while the Nittany Lions have 10-14 and 6-11-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 10-9-2 for the Spartans and 8-11 for the Nittany Lions.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Spartans as 17-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Spartans - Nittany Lions odds would favor the Spartans if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Michigan State is rated No. 1 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Penn State is at No. 194. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 79-62 win for the Spartans.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Nittany Lions rank No. 128 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.6 per game. That compares with Michigan State’s No. 11 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Michigan State is college basketball's No. 248-ranked team at 5.3 per game, while the Nittany Lions rate No. 142 with 6.5 per game.

Defensively, Penn State features the nation's No. 146-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.1 points per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 52 nationally in scoring at home.

Penn State was a 77-64 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Iowa. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Tim Frazier scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Nittany Lions to a win (they lost 77-64 to Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday).

In their last action, Michigan State was a 64-54 winner at home against Michigan. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites. The Spartans grabbed a 64-54 win over the Wolverines on Sunday, behind a 14-point effort from Draymond Green at Breslin Center.

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Nebraska are 0-1
After playing Iowa are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Ohio State are 6-4
After playing Michigan are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

A few Nittany Lions at Spartans trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Penn State's last 7 games when playing on the road against Michigan State
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Penn State's last 9 games on the road
Penn State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Michigan State
Penn State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Michigan State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Penn State
Michigan State is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games

Next up:
Penn State home to Nebraska, Saturday, February 11
Michigan State at Ohio State, Saturday, February 11