Drexel vs. Penn State - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (10-1) at Drexel Dragons (2-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Drexel Dragons +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Drexel Dragons and Penn State Nittany Lions play Saturday afternoon at the PPL Center.
The Drexel Dragons have lost three straight and are in for a long season. On the season, Drexel is averaging 57.2 points on 38.7 percent shooting and is allowing 61.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Damion Lee is averaging 20.7 points and 5.7 rebounds while Tavon Allen is averaging 9.8 points and 2.4 assists. Rodney Williams is grabbing eight rebounds and Rashann London is shooting 47.6 percent from the field. The Drexel Dragons rely on their defense that is forcing 11.2 turnovers per game and holding teams to 32 percent shooting from downtown. Offensively, Drexel is shooting 74.4 percent from the free throw line and 30 percent from beyond the arc. Drexel has scored 61 or less points in seven of its last nine games.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions have won eight straight and play their first game in six days. On the season, Penn State is averaging 72.2 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 66.5 points on 37.8 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 21.9 points and three assists while Shep Garner is averaging 10.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Brandon Taylor is the third player averaging double-digit points and Ross Travis is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Penn State Nittany Lions have turned into a solid offensive team that’s shooting 69.7 percent from the line and 31.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Penn State is forcing 11.9 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 32.1 percent from downtown. Penn State’s main strength are its 39.7 rebounds per contest.
The Dragons are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 neutral site games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 9-23 ATS in their last 32 games overall.
Although Penn State hasn't been great against the number even dating back to last season, Drexel is one of the worst teams in the country and doesn't do much of anything right. Penn State should be able to win this game by double digits and the cover the number.