Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 12/13/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Location: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Penn State (+7)
The Michigan Wolverines (5-0) host the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1) at Crisler Center on Sunday. Penn State opens this matchup as 7-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 151.
Penn State enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 3-1 on the campaign. They turn it over 11.5 times per contest and as a squad are committing 20.8 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Penn State is snagging 36.8 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 62 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 121st in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Nittany Lions are hitting 37.8% on shots from 3-point land (45 of 119) and 73.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 81.3 points per game (70th in D-1) while going 44.9% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Nittany Lions are forcing 16.8 turnovers per game and they draw 16.0 personal fouls. They currently rank 146th in college basketball in giving up assists with 48 surrendered on the season. The Nittany Lions are giving up a FG percentage of 44.6% (100 of 224) and they surrender 36.0 boards per game as a team. They give up 31.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 189th in the country in PPG allowed (71.8).
The Penn State Nittany Lions faced off with the Virginia Tech Hokies and notched a win by a score of 75-55 in their last contest. Penn State ended the game with a 50.0% field goal percentage (30 of 60) and buried 12 of their 23 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Nittany Lions made 3 of their 8 tries for a percentage of 37.5%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they compiled 33 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 15 assists for the contest while getting 6 steals and 6 blocks. When discussing the defense, Penn State allowed the other team to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 30 of 60. Virginia Tech totaled 8 dimes and 2 steals for this game. On top of that, the Hokies grabbed 36 boards (13 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. Virginia Tech finished shooting 50.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 9 of their 18 tries. They converted 6 of 22 shots from 3-point land.
Myreon Jones is a player who was a major contributor for the game. He finished with 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 30 mins played and also pulled down 3 boards. Jones ended up shooting 41.7% from the field and also distributed 3 dimes. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Nittany Lions was Izaiah Brockington. He pulled down 8 rebounds and tallied 2 assists. He finished the game at 71.4% from the floor in the game via 10-of-14 (24 points). Overall, Brockington was on the court for 29 min.
Michigan has a mark of 5-0 on the season. Michigan has accumulated 432 points this season (86.4 per contest) and they grab 41.8 boards per contest. The Wolverines commit 16.2 personal fouls every game while shooting 75.3% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wolverines are shooting 52.6% from the field, which has them ranked 60th in college basketball. They are getting an assist 19.4 times per contest (22nd in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.2 times per game. The Wolverines on the defensive end are ranked 148th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 69.4. They are forcing 11.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 37.0% from the floor (41st in the nation). The Michigan defense concedes 33.3% on shots from beyond the arc (41 of 123) and opponents are making 81.4% of their foul shots. They relinquish 9.8 assists and 30.4 boards per game, which is 46th and 38th in D-1.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Michigan Wolverines took home the win by a final score of 91-71 against the Toledo Rockets. The Wolverines were able to snag 24 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 for the game. They also turned away 9 shots while recording 7 steals in this contest. The Rockets had 19 personal fouls in this game which got the Wolverines to the charity stripe for a total of 18 shots. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 77.8%. When discussing shooting from beyond the arc, Michigan made 9 of 16 attempts (56.3%). In all, the Wolverines shot 34 for 59 from the floor which had them at 57.6%. The Wolverines permitted the Rockets to knock down 26 out of their 64 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 40.6% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 37.5% from beyond the perimeter by going 9 of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 10 of 12 from the free throw line (83.3%). With respect to rebounds, Michigan permitted Toledo to snag 26 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Isaiah Livers played big minutes for the Wolverines in the game. He made 5 out of 7 in this contest giving him a rate of 71.4%, which had him sitting at 16 points. Livers grabbed 6 boards in his 30 minutes and tallied 2 assists for the contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Michigan was Eli Brooks. He finished with 12 points in his 29 minutes on the hardwood by going 5 out of 12 shooting for this game. Brooks finished going 41.7% from the floor as well as collecting 3 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Penn State (+7)
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