Spartans vs. Nittany Lions Prediction
The 16th-ranked Michigan State Spartans have a chance to move into a first-place tie in the Big Ten Conference tonight with a win at the 20th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions plus help elsewhere. Can MSU take care of its end of the bargain?
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Bryce Jordan Center at 7PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Spartans are a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 144 points. As of Tuesday morning, 56 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Michigan State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Spartans win third straight
Michigan State rolled to a 78-66 victory Saturday night at Maryland to improve to 20-9 overall and 12-6 in Big Ten Conference action. The Spartans led 40-29 at halftime en route to the win. Cassius Winston paced MSU with 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting including 5-of-6 from 3-point range plus 3-of-3 at the free throw line. He also contributed six assists and three rebounds. Malik Hall tallied 16 points and six boards. Xavier Tillman Jr. racked up 14 points, 12 caroms, six assists and two blocked shots. Rocket Watts added 13 points, three dimes and two rebounds.
Nittany Lions stumble at Hawkeyes
Penn State lost by a count of 77-68 Saturday at Iowa to drop to 21-8 overall and 11-7 in conference play. The Nittany Lions were outscored 42-34 in the second half of the loss. Lamar Stevens led PSU with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 3-of-5 at the charity stripe. He also registered 10 rebounds and two assists. Seth Lundy accounted for 19 points, four boards and two steals. Myles Dread added 11 points and five caroms.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Spartans are 0-6 ATS in Tuesday games this season. Michigan State is 40-28 ATS in its last 68 games overall.
The Nittany Lions are 2-1 ATS in the last three meetings. Penn State is 1-2 straight up in the last three meetings.
Michigan State has hit its stride lately and faces a Penn State squad here that is having its best season in a long time. This is a revenge game for the Spartans after they were upset by the Nittany Lions at home last month. Michigan State looked great on the road over the weekend and with Winston at the top of his game right now, look for a continuation of recent wins here as the Spartans also look for some help from Rutgers against Maryland to pull into a first-place tie in the Big Ten.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS -1.5