Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Penn State at Michigan Breakdown & Prediction
Time: 8PM ET
Venue: Crisler Arena
TV: Big Ten Network
Records: Penn State 9-8, 0-4 Big Ten; Michigan 11-4, 3-0
Penn State stat leaders: Points – D.J. Newbill (17.3 ppg); Rebounds – Ross Travis (8.3 rpg); Assists – Tim Frazier (6.5 apg); Steals – Frazier (1.7 spg).
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Nik Stauskas (17.4 ppg); Rebounds – Jon Horford (4.9 rpg); Assists – Stauskas (3.6 apg); Steals – Glenn Robinson III (1.1 spg).
Current Streaks: Penn State L4; Michigan W5
Point Spread: Michigan -13
Prediction: I expected Penn State to be a little better this season than they were last, and while they have more talent, the results aren’t any better. The Nittany Lions are off to an 0-4 start in Big Ten play. They have been competitive in some of the games, but not finding the winning formula. On the flip side, Michigan would have excuses for losing some conference games based on the injury situation, but the Wolverines have found a way to start 3-0. Granted, Michigan hasn’t had the toughest conference schedule as of yet, but the Wolverines are finding ways to win. With this game being at home, Michigan should pick up another win. I don’t know that I would feel good giving 13 points to the Nittany Lions, but look for Michigan to outscore Penn State. Michigan will need to show some better defense than it had at Nebraska, and I think it will. Michigan 74, Penn State 66