Saturday, January 7, 2017
Bryce Jordan Center
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The Michigan State Spartans travel to Bryce Jordan Center to play the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
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The Spartans come into this game with an overall record of 11-5 and a road record of 1-1. They are 8-7 against the spread and their over/under record is 7-7. The Nittany Lions have an overall record of 9-7 and a home record of 6-3. They have an over/under record of 5-8 and they are 8-5 against the spread.
Miles Bridges comes into this contest averaging 15.4 points per game while playing 30.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Spartans. He pulls down 8.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is currently at 54%. Nick Ward averages 13.7 points per game in 19 minutes per contest this season. He averages 0.6 assists per contest and 6.8 rebounds per game for Michigan State. His field goal percentage is 61% for the year while his free throw percentage is 54%.
Shep Garner averages 13.1 points per game while playing 31.9 minutes per contest this year for the Nittany Lions. He grabs 2.8 rebounds per game and has 2.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage currently is at 78%. Lamar Stevens averages 12.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 25.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 6 rebounds per contest and 1.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Michigan State averages 73.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 160th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 5.7 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team which has them ranked 38th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 87th in the country. They average 38.2 rebounds per game and 18.9 assists per game which ranks them 83rd and 4th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 231st with 14.2 per game. The Spartans allow 67.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 69th in the nation. They also allow a 39% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 175th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.2 rebounds a game which ranks 100th and they give up 12.9 assists per contest which puts them in 140th place in the country. They force 11.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 298th in Division 1.
Penn State averages 74 points per game this year which ranks them 144th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 3.6 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them sitting in the 249th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 160th in the nation. They average 37.5 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per contest which ranks them 102nd and 109th respectively. In the turnover department the Nittany Lions rank 166th with 13.4 per game. The Nittany Lions allow 70.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 125th in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 64th and 182nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 38.9 rebounds a game which ranks 301st and they give up 12.1 assists per contest which puts them in 95th place in the nation. The Nittany Lions force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 51st in college basketball.
The Spartans average 66.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 76.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4.3 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 12.7 per contest. The Spartans have an offensive rating of 104.9 and they assist on 71.6% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 69.3 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 55%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 39% of their shots. Michigan State turns the ball over an average of 18.1 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 6.6% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 52.8% while their offensive rebound percentage is 29.4%. The Spartans give up 70.4 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 63.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Nittany Lions score 77.6 ppg at home and they have averaged 68.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 0 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 7.2 points per game. The Nittany Lions have a rating on offense of 100.6 and 56.4% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 73.6 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 48%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 34% of their shots. Penn State turns it over an average of 16.1 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 9.3% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 49.1% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 27.3%. The Nittany Lions give up 70.3 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 68.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
The Michigan State Spartans are 8-7 against the spread
The Michigan State Spartans are 7-7 against the over/under
Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 8-5 against the spread
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 5-8 against the over/under
Michigan State Spartans Injuries
11/11/16 F Ben Carter Knee out for season
11/11/16 F Gavin Schilling Knee out indefinitely
Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
No key injuries to report
Josh's Pick: Take Penn State
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