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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/18/14

Penn State Nittany Lions (9-9) at Purdue Boilermakers (12-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Mackey Arena)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Purdue Boilermakers and the Penn State Nittany Lions face off on Saturday in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Purdue Boilermakers have won their last two games to level their record in the Big 10 this season at 2-2. Purdue is 9-1 at home this season and they have played the 122nd ranked schedule in the nation. Terone Johnson leads the Boilermakers averaging 13.4 points per game. Ronnie Johnson is averaging 11.5 points, A.J. Hammons is averaging 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, and Kendall Stephens is averaging 7.2 points. Purdue is averaging 76.6 points and they are shooting 44.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Purdue could end up being a bubble team to make the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/18/14

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The Penn State Nittany Lions are struggling and are in last place in the Big 10. PSU is 0-5 in the Big Ten and 3-3 away from home this season. D.J. Newbill is averaging 17.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. Tim Frazier is averaging 16.7 points and 6.5 rebounds, Ross Travis is averaging 10.9 points and 8.1 rebounds, and Brandon Taylor is averaging 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds. Penn State is averaging 76.8 points and they are shooting 45.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 74.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.6 percent. Penn State has lost by 13 and 20 points in their two road Big Ten games thus far this year.

Purdue is 10-25-1 against the spread in their last 36 games following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games, and 2-10 against the spread in their last 12 Saturday games. Penn State is 0-5 against the spread following a loss, 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games, and 0-6 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. The home team has covered the point spread in nine of the last 12 meetings of these two.

Penn State hasn’t been able to get it done and on the road it has been worse and I look for them to struggle again here. 

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