Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 1/4/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Location: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI
TV: Youtube TV
Crisler Center is the location where the Michigan Wolverines (8-5) will meet the Penn State Nittany Lions (11-3) on Wednesday.
The Penn State Nittany Lions played Iowa and took home the win by a score of 83-79 in their last contest. In reference to fouls, the Nittany Lions finished with 19 and Iowa finished the game with 15 fouls. They also buried 7 out of their 25 attempts from 3-point range. Iowa finished shooting 72.7% from the charity stripe by making 16 of 22 attempts. On top of that, Iowa collected 32 rebounds (9 offensive, 23 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Iowa doled out 18 assists and had 3 steals in this game. In reference to defense, Penn State allowed the other team to go 44.4% from the floor on 28 of 63 shooting. They also distributed 12 dimes in this matchup in addition to forcing 7 turnovers and getting 5 steals. When it comes to rebounding, they earned 27 with 1 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Nittany Lions made 14 of 16 shots for a percentage of 87.5%. Penn State wrapped up the game with a 54.5% FG percentage (30 of 55) and made 9 out of their 19 3-point shots.
Jalen Pickett is one guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He ended up with 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 37 mins and also snagged 7 rebounds. He finished shooting 62.5% from the floor and also totaled 6 assists.
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Penn State heads into this contest with a mark of 11-3 for the season. They turn it over 8.8 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 15.0 fouls per game. As a unit, Penn State is pulling in 34.5 rebounds per game and has earned 219 dimes for the season, which ranks 79th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Nittany Lions are connecting on 38.8% on three-point shots (154 of 397) and 77.9% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 76.0 pts per contest (106th in Division 1) while connecting on 46.5% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Nittany Lions are able to force 10.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 13.4 fouls. They are 246th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 194 relinquished so far this season. The Nittany Lions defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 39.8% (335 of 842) and they relinquish 36.6 boards per contest as a unit. They surrender 32.5% on shots from downtown and they rank 110th in D-1 in points per game allowed (66.0).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Michigan Wolverines took home the win by a final score of 81-46 against Maryland. When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Michigan permitted Maryland to collect 30 in all (9 on the offensive glass). They finished shooting 20.0% from 3-point land by connecting on 5 of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 5 of 9 from the free throw line (55.6%). The Wolverines permitted Maryland to bury 18 out of 68 attempts from the field which had them shooting 26.5% in this contest. When all was said and done, the Wolverines finished the game shooting 28 out of 56 from the field which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. Concerning shots from downtown, Michigan made 3 out of 11 attempts (27.3%). They were able to knock down 22 of the free throws for a rate of 75.9%. Maryland earned 24 fouls in the game which got the Wolverines to the free throw line for a total of 29 tries. They also gave up possession 13 times, while earning 6 steals for this game. The Wolverines snagged 36 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 44 for this game.
Hunter Dickinson ended up being a major contributor for the Wolverines in the matchup. He converted 13 out of 16 for the game for a field goal percentage of 81.3%, and had 12 rebounds. He earned 32 points in his 28 minutes on the court and added 2 assists in this game.
Michigan has a mark of 8-5 for the season. When it comes to offense, the Wolverines are shooting 45.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 156th in D-1. Michigan has totaled 992 points this season (76.3 per contest) and they pull down 37.1 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 13.1 times per game (222nd in college basketball) and they cough up possession 9.6 times per game. The Wolverines have committed 14.8 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 68.1% from the charity stripe.
The Michigan defense surrenders 31.6% on 3-pointers (92 of 291) and opponents are converting on 65.3% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 12.2 dimes and 38.1 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 162nd and 335th in Division 1. The Wolverines on the defensive end are ranked 206th in the nation in PPG allowed with 69.4. They are able to force 12.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.8% from the field (133rd in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Michigan
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