Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/2/14
Wisconsin Badgers (23-5) at Penn State Nittany Lions (14-14)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Wisconsin Badgers face off on Sunday in Happy Valley in Big Ten college basketball.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are coming off of a monster win that completed a season sweep of Ohio State but other than that they have lost four of their last six games. Penn State is 5-10 in the Big Ten and 9-7 at home this season. D.J. Newbill leads the Nittany Lions averaging 17.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Tim Frazier is averaging 16 points and 5.7 assists, Brandon Taylor is averaging 9.2 points, and Ross Travis is averaging 9.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. Penn State is averaging 73 points and they are shooting 43.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Penn State is 2-4 against teams ranked in the top 25.
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The Wisconsin Badgers have won six game in a row and they are ranked 14th in the nation. Wisconsin is 10-5 in the Big Ten and 10-2 away from home this season. Sam Dekker leads the Badgers averaging 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds, Ben Brust is averaging 12.6 points, and Traevon Jackson is averaging 10.7 points. Wisconsin is averaging 73.4 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.5 points and their opponents are shooting 42.6 percent. Wisconsin is 5-2 in Big Ten road games.
Penn State is 5-11 against the spread against the Big Ten, 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 home games, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven home games against a team with road winning percentage better than .600. Wisconsin is 1-5 against the spread in their last six Sunday games, 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games, and 0-8 against the spread in their last eight games against Penn State. The underdog has covered the point spread in 10 of the last 11 meetings of these two.
My free pick in this one is going to be on the total and I see the under being an easy one here. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that pick in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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