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Marshall vs. Penn State - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (7-1) at Marshall Thundering Herd (3-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Cam Henderson Center)

The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Penn State Nittany Lions and Marshall Thundering Herd play Saturday at the Cam Henderson Center.

The Penn State Nittany Lions have won five straight and will play their second true road game. On the season, Penn State is averaging 74.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 68.8 points on 37.8 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 24.1 points and 5.4 rebounds while Shep Garner is averaging 11.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Brandon Taylor is the third Penn State player to average double-digit points and Ross Travis is grabbing 7.8 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions finally has an offense that has six players averaging at least 6.5 points and they’re shooting 33.7 percent from three as a team. Defensively, Penn State is grabbing nearly 40 rebounds and has allowed 61 or less points in four of their eight games. Penn State’s a team to watch.

Marshall vs. Penn State - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marshall Thundering Herd have lost four straight and need to get something going quickly. On the season, Marshall is averaging 65.5 points on 39 percent shooting and is allowing 68.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Ryan Taylor is averaging 16 points and 9.3 rebounds while Austin Loop is shooting 40.4 percent from the field. Cheikh Sane is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game and JP Kambola is shooting 56.3 percent. Marshall’s offense has really taken a nosedive since the injury to Shawn Smith, who was the team’s second-leading scorer. The Thundering Herd have scored 59 points in each of their last two games. Defensively, Marshall is forcing more than 12 turnovers per game and holding teams to 30.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

The Nittany Lions are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Thundering Herd are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 19-40-2 ATS in their last 61 games overall. 

Marshall is a doomed basketball team without a second scorer on the court. Penn State has been playing above-average basketball at both ends and should cover this line with not much problem. 

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Penn State Nittany Lions -5.5

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