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Penn State vs Michigan Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 4th Betting Odds

Nittany Lions vs Wolverines Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Wolverines
  • Where: Ann Arbor at Crisler Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 4th
  • Betting Odds: Penn State +3.5, PENNST +140 | MICH -174 O/U 140.0

Nittany Lions Preview:

The Penn State Nittany Lions head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 11-3. So far, the Nittany Lions have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 2-2. For the season, Penn State has been the underdog in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 1-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Nittany Lions being +3.5 point underdogs.

Jalen Pickett comes into today’s game as the Nittany Lions’ leading scorer at 16.79 points per contest. Not only has Pickett been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Penn State’s top rebounder at 7.36 boards per contest. Behind Pickett, the team has benefited from the strong play of Seth Lundy who is second on the team in scoring at 13.54 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.7% of his shots and is adding 6.85 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Penn State this season, as they are currently ranked 391st in college basketball at 64.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Nittany Lions’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 237th in the NCAA.

Wolverines Preview:

The Michigan Wolverines head into today’s game in what will be their 14th game of the season, posting a record of 8-5. So far this season, Michigan has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Wolverines as the -3.5 point favorites. The Wolverines have been favored 10 times, going 8-2 straight up.

Hunter Dickinson comes into today’s game as the Wolverines’ leading scorer at 18.85 points per contest. Not only has Dickinson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Michigan’s top rebounder at 8.46 boards per contest. Behind Dickinson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jett Howard who is second on the team in scoring at 14.62 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.4% of his shots and is adding 2.69 boards per game.

On offense, Michigan is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 13 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 32.33% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Michigan Wolverines -3.5

Leading into this matchup, the Michigan Wolverines are currently the favorites to pick up the win, with a spread sitting at -3.5. According to our analysis, we anticipate a strong offensive effort from the Wolverines’ shooters to be enough to pull out the win and cover the spread. For the season, Michigan has a field goal percentage of 46.8, good for 63rd in college basketball. In addition, look for the team to add to their trend of covering the spread on the road. Over their last 10 road matchups, they are 7-3 vs the spread.

 


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