Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 12/11/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Location: Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI
The Penn State Nittany Lions (5-4) are traveling to Breslin Center on Saturday where they will try to defeat the Michigan State Spartans (8-2).
The Penn State Nittany Lions took the court against Wagner and took home the win by a score of 74-54 in their last contest. Penn State ended the contest having earned a 48.0% FG percentage (24 out of 50) and knocked down 10 out of their 28 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Nittany Lions knocked down 16 of 21 shots for a percentage of 76.2%. In the matter of pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 29 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 18 dimes in this game as well as forcing 14 turnovers and having 9 steals. When talking about defense, Penn State allowed the other team to shoot 42.9% from the field on 24 out of 56 shooting. Wagner doled out 14 dimes and had 10 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Wagner grabbed 24 boards (7 offensive, 17 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Wagner finished the contest at 66.7% at the free throw line by burying 4 of 6 attempts. They also knocked down 2 of their 14 shots from 3-point land. When discussing fouls, the Nittany Lions ended up with 12 and Wagner totaled 20 fouls.
Sam Sessoms is a guy who was a major factor in the matchup. He left the arena with 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30 minutes and also collected 3 rebounds. He finished the game shooting 75.0% from the floor and totaled 5 dimes.
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Penn State enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 5-4 this season. They are averaging 67.7 points per outing (266th in the nation) while hitting 45.7% from the floor. The Nittany Lions are shooting 33.9% on shots from 3-point land (75 of 221) and 73.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Penn State is collecting 35.8 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 123 dimes so far this year, which is 160th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 13.7 times per game and as a squad are committing 14.6 fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Nittany Lions have forced 9.2 turnovers per game and they draw 16.8 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 129th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 101 surrendered so far this year. The Nittany Lions defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 40.8% (214 of 524) and they relinquish 30.2 rebounds per contest as a unit. They surrender 32.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 98th in college basketball in PPG allowed (64.3).
For their last game, the Michigan State Spartans went home victorious with a score of 75-67 against Minnesota. When talking about rebounding, Michigan State permitted Minnesota to snag 24 overall (6 on the offensive glass). They shot 26.1% from downtown by shooting 6 out of 23 and finished the contest at 7 out of 9 at the free throw line (77.8%). The Spartans allowed Minnesota to convert 27 of 68 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.7% for the matchup. In all, the Spartans went 25 for 52 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.1%. Concerning shots from 3-point land, Michigan State buried 10 of their 21 attempts (47.6%). They were able to bury 15 of them for a percentage of 78.9%. Minnesota earned 16 personal fouls for the game which took the Spartans to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They also gave up possession 13 times, while earning 1 steal in the game. The Spartans recorded 33 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 41 in this matchup.
Gabe Brown was important for the Spartans in the game. He knocked down 5 out of 8 in the matchup for a rate of 62.5%, and had 8 rebounds. He recorded 15 points in his 31 mins of playing time and tallied 1 assist in the matchup.
Michigan State has a win-loss mark of 8-2 on the campaign. The Spartans commit 15.6 fouls per game and they connect on 72.1% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 15.4 times per game (63rd in the nation) and they are turning it over 15.4 times per contest. Michigan State has totaled 734 points on the year (73.4 per game) and they collect 41.6 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Spartans are hitting on 44.9% from the floor, which is ranked 155th in the nation.
The Spartans on the defensive end are ranked 93rd in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 63.9. They have forced 12.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 37.9% from the field (27th in college basketball). The Michigan State defense allows 26.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (61 of 228) and opponents are connecting on 70.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 10.6 assists and 33.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 74th and 124th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Michigan State
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