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Penn State Nittany Lions visit Michigan State Spartans in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Penn State Nittany LionsMichigan State Spartans
12-10February 06, 2014, 09:00 | Breslin Center19-3

The Michigan State Spartans will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Penn State Nittany Lions at Breslin Center in NCAA basketball action.

This season, the Spartans are 19-3 overall and 11-9-1 ATS, while the Nittany Lions are 12-10 and 11-8 ATS. As for the totals, Michigan State boasts a 10-11 on the OU, and Penn State is 12-7.

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

Michigan State opened as -13-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 264-rated Penn State taking on the No. 20-rated Spartans in this contest.

Penn State won its last outing, a 79-68 result against Purdue on February 2. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Penn State earned a 79-68 victory over Purdue on Sunday, getting 19 points from D.J. Newbill at Bryce Jordan Center.

Michigan State was a 64-60 loser in its last match on the road against Georgetown. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Michigan State suffered a 64-60 loss against Georgetown on Saturday, getting 20 points from Gary Harris in a losing effort at Madison Square Garden.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Nittany Lions is ranked No. 131 in NCAA hoops at 35.64 per game. Contrast that with Michigan State’s No. 30 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Michigan State is the No. 34-ranked team in the country at 7.82 per game, while Penn State rates No. 89 at 6.82 per game.

Next up:
Penn State home to Illinois, Sunday, February 9th
Michigan State at Wisconsin, Sunday, February 9th