Penn St. vs. Mississippi St. Pick
Which No. 4 seed will reach the final of the NIT Championship when Mississippi State takes on Penn State at 9PM ET?
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: ESPN, 9PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Penn State is the favorite in this game, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -2.5 points against Mississippi State. The over/under total is currently listed at 135 points.
The spread opened up with Penn State as a 2-point favorite and the spread climbed to a high of 3 points before settling in at 2.5 points. The over/under total opened at 137 points and quickly dropped to 135, where it held from there.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public is backing Penn State tonight. As of Tuesday morning, the Nittany Lions are getting 61 percent of the wagers on this game as the slight favorite against Mississippi State.
Mississippi State doesn’t have anyone listed on the injury report for tonight’s game. Penn State has lost forward Mike Watkins for the rest of the postseason with a knee injury. He was averaging 12.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
Mississippi State has defeated Nebraska at home and then went on the road to beat Baylor and Louisville in this tournament. The Bulldogs have covered the spread in all three games. Mississippi State is 16-14-1 against the spread this season and 7-7-1 ATS on the road. The Bulldogs are putting up 73.2 points per game on offense while allowing 67.7 per game on defense.
Penn State has beaten Temple at home and then went on the road to top Notre Dame and Marquette in this NIT run. The Nittany Lions are 2-1 against the spread during this run. PSU is 19-13-1 against the spread this season and 11-6-1 ATS on the road. Penn State is scoring 74.5 points per game on offense this season while allowing 66.9 per game on defense.
Penn State is a team that had an argument for the NCAA Tournament. The Nittany Lions won 21 games during the season and owned wins over Ohio State and Purdue. Their road to MSG has been tougher as well, including a win at Notre Dame against a healthy Irish team. Mississippi State has been somewhat surprising in this run, but I think the Bulldogs struggle with PSU. Penn State has the better offense and defense and I like them to cover.
NIT TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: PENN STATE -2