Penn State vs. Akron - 11/25/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Akron Zips (3-1) at Penn State Nittany Lions (4-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Akron Zips and Penn State Nittany Lions play Tuesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Akron Zips are off to a fast 3-1 start and are coming off a big win over South Carolina. On the season, Akron is averaging 64.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting and is allowing 61.2 points on 42 percent shooting. Noah Robotham leads Akron with 12 points on 46.9 percent shooting and Kwan Cheatham Jr. is averaging 10.3 points on 37.1 percent shooting. Pat Forsythe is the third Akron player to average double-digit points and Jake Kretzer is shooting 46.2 percent from deep. It’s going to be a tough season for the Akron Zips as long as Demetrius Treadwell is suspended for off-the-court issues. Akron is a solid defensive team that’s averaging seven steals per game but not having its best player on the floor is going to catch up to them quickly.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions are 4-1 and their only loss came in double-overtime. On the season, Penn State is averaging 73.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 68 points on 35.5 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill leads Penn State with 23.6 points and three assists while Shep Garner is averaging 12.6 points on 50 percent shooting. Ross Travis is grabbing 7.6 rebounds and Brandon Taylor has grabbed six or more rebounds in four of the five games. We knew the Penn State Nittany Lions were a solid defensive team but they’re shooting 34.3 percent from three and have topped 70 points in three of their last four games. With Penn State grabbing 40 rebounds per game and finding its touch offensively, the Nittany Lions could surprise some in the Big Ten this season.
The Zips are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Akron is without its top player and Penn State is playing a lot better than expected. The Nittany Lions should win this game by double digits.