College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

No. 4 Michigan Wolverines at Penn State Nittany Lions
Wednesday, 2/27/13, 6:30 PM EST, TV:  Big Ten Network
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan -13.5
Current Betting Line:  Michigan -13
Opening Total:  133
Current Total:  132.5
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The Michigan Wolverines are led by point guard Trey Burke on the offensive end
The Michigan Wolverines are led by point guard Trey Burke on the offensive end

Michigan has won its last two games, including a 71-58 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini as 9.5-point home favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the posted total of 137.5.  The Wolverines were led by point guard Trey Burke offensively, as he finished with a seaosn-high 29 points.  “There’s a bounce in our step right now,” commented Wolverines coach John Beilein.  The program will be meeting Wednesday night’s opponent for the second time in a 10-day span, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks against the spread.

The Wolverines earned a 79-71 victory over the Nittany Lions as 21.5-point home favorites on Feb. 17, while the last five meetings in this series have gone OVER the total.  Burke has been a special player the entire 2012-13 NCAA basketball season, as he leads the nation in assists-to-turnover ratio (3.90).  Michigan’s current 9.48 turnovers per-game average is the best all-time in school history, with the previous record being 10.03.

Penn State has lost all 14 of its Big Ten Conference games this year, which includes a 64-59 setback to Illinois as 14.5-point road underdogs last time out, while going UNDER the total for the first time in four contests.  “We just have to continue working hard every day,” commented Nittany Lions forward Sasa Borovnjak.  The Nittany Lions will honor their senior players in this affair, as they try to improve upon their 6-11 record against the Wolverines when playing in State College.  Penn State is 7-7 ATS versus conference foes this season, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball betting lines.

The Nittany Lions have shot better than 43 percent in each of their last three games, which happens to be their longest such string since doing so in four straight from Dec. 5-23.  Penn State has lost its last three games by an average of 5.0 points per game and its last six by 7.8.  The team has been outscored at the free throw line by 11.8 points per game over its last six contests.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 5-0 in the last five meetings in this series.

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