Wednesday, January 16, 2013

MSU at Penn State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 18 Michigan State vs. Penn State
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Bryce Jordan Center
TV: Big Ten Network
Records: Michigan State 14-3, 3-1 Big Ten; Penn State 8-8, 0-4
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Keith Appling (13.8 ppg); Rebounds – Derrick Nix/Adreian Payne (7.2 rpg); Assists – Appling (4.6 apg); Steals – Branden Dawson (1.9 spg).
Penn State stat leaders: Points – Tim Frazier (16.3 ppg); Rebounds – Ross Travis (7.6 rpg); Assists – Frazier/D.J. Newbill (3.8 apg); Steals – Frazier (2.3 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan State W3; Penn State L4
Point Spread: Michigan State -12
Prediction: There aren’t many “easy” games in the Big Ten, but this one should be one of the easier ones for Michigan State. Penn State has struggled against lesser teams, losing to Purdue by 18 and Northwestern by 16. The Nittany Lions are one of the worst offensive teams in the country and shoot just 38.9 percent as a team. The Spartans tend to play to the level of their competition, but this is a game that I see them winning comfortably as they look to build some positive momentum heading into a very tough stretch of Big Ten games. Michigan State 72, Penn State 54.

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