Thursday, February 6, 2014

Penn State at Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

Penn State at No. 9 Michigan State
Time: 9PM ET
Venue: Breslin Center
Records: Penn State 12-10, 3-6 Big Ten; Michigan State 19-3, 8-1 Big Ten
Penn State stat leaders: Points – D.J. Newbill (17.6 ppg); Rebounds – Ross Travis (7.1 rpg); Assists – Tim Frazier (6.4 apg); Steals – Frazier (1.6 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Garry Harris (18.4 ppg); Rebounds – Denzel Valentine (6.0 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (4.9 apg); Steals – Harris (2.0 spg).
Current Streaks: Penn State W3, L1
Point Spread: Michigan State -13.5
Prediction: Penn State comes in with some momentum, but Michigan State is getting a big shot in the arm tonight with Adreian Payne expected to return to the lineup. The Spartans have held up well without him, but he certainly makes the Spartans a stronger team on the floor. I don’t expect Payne to go crazy tonight, but his return should give some extra energy to the rest of the lineup. I expect MSU to do something similar to what Michigan did to Nebraska last night. Coming off a bad loss to Georgetown, there is no doubt MSU wants to get back on the floor. The crowd will be energized to see Payne and it should create a great home environment for MSU. Penn State has improved a lot since last year, but the Nittany Lions are running into the wrong team tonight. Michigan State 76, Penn State 56

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