Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan State Spartans – NCAAM February 9

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.

Penn State Nittany Lions LogoThe 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.

Please Note:
While Penn State is underwhelming on paper, they have been pesky in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions have won two of their last three outright, plus they’ve covered the spread in three of their last four games.

Michigan State Spartans LogoMichigan 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.

Back the Nittany Lions on the road in what should be an outright win. However, take the four points in case it comes down to the final possession.
The Bets
Penn State +4
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