Michigan @ Penn State
Current Records: Michigan 11-9; Penn State 9-10
What to Know
The Michigan Wolverines are 6-2 against the Penn State Nittany Lions since January of 2016, and they'll have a chance to extend that success on Tuesday. The Wolverines and Penn State will face off in a Big Ten battle at 9 p.m. ET at Bryce Jordan Center. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they'll have plenty of motivation to get the 'W.'
Michigan was within striking distance but couldn't close the gap this past Saturday as they fell 82-76 to the Purdue Boilermakers. Despite the defeat, Michigan got a solid performance out of center Hunter Dickinson, who had 28 points.
Penn State lost a heartbreaker to the Wisconsin Badgers when they met last March, and they left with a heavy heart again this past Saturday. Penn State fell just short of Wisconsin by a score of 51-49. Guard Jalen Pickett had a pretty forgettable game, finishing with only four points on 2-for-13 shooting in his 37 minutes on the court.
Barring any buzzer beaters, the Wolverines are expected to win a tight contest. But bettors beware: they are only 5-10 against the spread when favored.
Michigan is now 11-9 while Penn State sits at 9-10. A couple numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Michigan is seventh worst in college basketball in takeaways, with only 10.2 on average. Penn State has experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the game with the 358th fewest takeaways in college basketball, having accrued only 9.2 on average. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET
- Where: Bryce Jordan Center -- University Park, Pennsylvania
- TV: ESPN2
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $8.80
The Wolverines are a slight 2-point favorite against the Nittany Lions, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Wolverines as a 1.5-point favorite.
Michigan have won six out of their last eight games against Penn State.
- Dec 13, 2020 - Michigan 62 vs. Penn State 58
- Jan 22, 2020 - Penn State 72 vs. Michigan 63
- Feb 12, 2019 - Penn State 75 vs. Michigan 69
- Jan 03, 2019 - Michigan 68 vs. Penn State 55
- Feb 21, 2018 - Michigan 72 vs. Penn State 63
- Jan 04, 2017 - Michigan 72 vs. Penn State 69
- Jan 30, 2016 - Michigan 79 vs. Penn State 72
- Jan 02, 2016 - Michigan 79 vs. Penn State 56
Injury Report for Penn State
- Greg Lee: Out (Lower Leg)