7:00 p.m. ET – Penn State at Michigan State (-4) O/U: 145½
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Penn State||+4 (-110)||+157||O 145½ (-104)|
|Michigan State||-4 (-110)||-177||U 145½ (-116)|
The 7-8 Nittany Lions travel to East Lansing, Michigan to take on the 9-7 Spartans on Tuesday night. Penn State picked up a 55-50 win at home against Maryland last Friday. Michigan State finally got back into the win column against Nebraska on Saturday with a 66-56 win, breaking an uncharacteristic four-game losing streak. The Spartans are 3-7 in Big Ten play and two of those wins have come against last-place Nebraska. Both Penn State and Michigan State have very little or no room at all for error if they have any hopes of playing in the NCAA tournament this season.
The Nittany Lions are led by guard Myreon Jones who leads the team with 14.7 points per game. The Spartans have been led by guard Aaron Henry and his average of 14 points per game. But Michigan State coach Tom Izzo inserted guard Joshua Langford into the starting lineup two games ago, and Langford led the team in scoring in those contests.
Michigan State has gone 4-12 against the spread this season, and worse yet, the Spartans are 2-10 against the spread as a favorite this season. There is nothing underwhelming Michigan State has displayed on the court this season that would make them legitimate four-point favorites in this game. Penn State plays harder than Michigan State and will create additional headaches for a Spartans’ offense that already has major issues.