Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Michigan State at Penn State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 5 Michigan State at Penn State
Time: 5PM ET
Venue: Bryce Jordan Center
TV: Big Ten Network
Records: Michigan State 11-1, 0-0 Big Ten; Penn State 9-4, 0-0 Big Ten
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Adreian Payne (18.0 ppg); Rebounds – Branden Dawson (9.3 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (5.0 apg); Steals – Travis Trice (1.5 spg).
Penn State stat leaders: Points – John Johnson (20.0 ppg); Rebounds – Ross Travis (8.4 rpg); Assists – Tim Frazier (7.5 apg); Steals – Frazier (1.8 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan State W4, Penn State W1
Point Spread: Michigan State -5.5
Prediction: Penn State appears to be a much better team that it was last season, but the Nittany Lions haven’t faced the same type of talent that Michigan State has in non-conference play. Michigan State has been a hard team to figure out, but they do typically play to the level of their competition. I think the Spartans will be up for the game, with it being the start of conference play, but Penn State will bring their best as well. I see Michigan State winning, but Penn State hanging around and keeping it interesting throughout. Michigan State 77, Penn State 70

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