Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Purdue Boilermakers Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/2/14
Purdue Boilermakers (13-8) at Penn State Nittany Lions (11-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:30 am (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Purdue Boilermakers face off on Sunday in Happy Valley in Big Ten college basketball action.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have won their last two games bringing them to 2-6 in Big Ten play this season. PSU is 7-5 at home and they have played the 55th ranked schedule in the country. D.J. Newbill is averaging 17.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Tim Frazier is averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 assists, Brandon Taylor is averaging 10 points, and Ross Travis is averaging 9.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. Penn State is averaging 75 points and they are shooting 44.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.5 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. Penn State lost the first meeting at Purdue by one point.
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The Purdue Boilermakers have lost three games in a row and they have slipped to a 3-5 record in the Big Ten. Purdue is 3-6 away from home and they have played the 101st ranked schedule in the nation. Terone Johnson is averaging 12.9 points to lead the Boilermakers in scoring. Ronnie Johnson is averaging 10.6 points, A.J. Hammons is averaging 10.1 points and 6.8 rebounds, and Kendall Stephens is averaging 7.3 points. Purdue is averaging 73.9 points and they are shooting 42.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.8 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Purdue’s last win was their win over Penn State.
Penn State is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine Big Ten games, 9-3-1 against the spread in their last 13 gams following a win, and 0-6 against the spread in their last six home games. Purdue is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 10-26-1 against the spread following a win, and 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games against a team with a winning home record. The home team has covered the point spread in nine of the last 13 meetings of these two.
Penn State is favored here but they are simply playing better right now and I look for them to cover.
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