Michigan State Spartans vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 2/15/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Michigan State Spartans vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Location: Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
The Penn State Nittany Lions (9-12) welcome the Michigan State Spartans (18-6) at Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday.
The Michigan State Spartans stepped onto the hardwood against Indiana and notched a win by a score of 76-61 in their last game. In the matter of fouls, the Spartans finished with 24 while Indiana racked up 20 fouls. They made 5 out of their 21 tries from beyond the perimeter. Indiana finished 59.3% from the charity stripe by making 16 of 27 tries. On top of that, Indiana grabbed 32 boards (10 offensive, 22 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Indiana doled out 14 dimes and had 6 steals in this matchup. When it comes to the defense, Michigan State allowed the other team to go 33.9% from the floor on 20 of 59 shooting. They also distributed 12 assists in this matchup as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they compiled a total of 39 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. At the charity stripe, the Spartans made 25 of 28 attempts for a percentage of 89.3%. Michigan State finished the game with a 43.1% FG percentage (22 of 51) and buried 7 out of their 20 shots from 3-point land.
A.J. Hoggard is one guy who was a major contributor in the matchup. He scored 14 points on 4 of 7 shooting. He was on the court for 21 minutes and also pulled down 4 boards. He ended up going 57.1% from the field and also dished out 8 dimes.
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Michigan State will play this game with a win-loss record of 18-6 so far this year. They have an average of 73.3 pts per game (125th in the country) while hitting 46.1% from the field. The Spartans are shooting 38.6% on three-point attempts (176 of 456) and 76.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Michigan State is grabbing 38.1 rebounds per game and has accumulated 382 assists this year, which is 46th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 16.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Spartans are forcing 10.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.6 fouls. They are giving up 29.7% on shots from distance and they are ranked 100th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (66.3). The Spartans are giving up a FG percentage of 40.3% (582 of 1,444) and they surrender 31.9 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 179th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 302 conceded for the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Penn State Nittany Lions walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 76-70 when they faced Minnesota. In reference to rebounding, Penn State allowed Minnesota to collect 17 overall (0 offensive). They finished shooting 50.0% from 3-point land by connecting on 8 of 16 and ended up going 12 of 13 at the free throw line (92.3%). The Nittany Lions allowed Minnesota to bury 28 out of their 58 tries from the floor which had them shooting 48.3% in this contest. When the game finished, the Nittany Lions shot 29 out of 53 from the field which gave them a rate of 54.7%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Penn State made 8 of 15 attempts (53.3%). They were able to bury 4 of them for a percentage of 57.1%. Minnesota committed 10 personal fouls for the game which got the Nittany Lions to the charity stripe for a total of 7 shots. They also coughed up the ball 13 times, while getting 2 steals for the game. The Nittany Lions pulled down 29 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards totaling 34 for the game.
Sam Sessoms ended up being a factor for the Nittany Lions in the matchup. He totaled 18 points in his 29 minutes on the court and added 3 assists for the contest. He knocked down 8 of 15 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and totaled 5 rebounds.
Penn State has a mark of 9-12 for the season. The Nittany Lions are committing 15.6 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 73.8% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.2 times per contest (249th in the country) and they turn the ball over 12.5 times per game. Penn State has totaled 1,371 points so far this season (65.3 per game) and they pull in 36.0 boards per contest. As an offensive team, the Nittany Lions are connecting on 43.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 233rd in the nation.
The Nittany Lions on defense are ranked 85th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 65.9. They are forcing their opponents into 8.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.2% from the floor (79th in college basketball). The Penn State defense gives up 34.7% from downtown (162 of 467) and opponents are converting on 72.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 13.2 dimes and 32.2 rebounds per game, which ranks them 225th and 66th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Michigan State
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