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Wisconsin vs. Penn State - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (12-1) at Wisconsin Badgers (12-1)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Kohl Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Penn State Nittany Lions and Wisconsin Badgers play Wednesday at the Kohl Center.

The Penn State Nittany Lions have won 10 straight games and play their third straight road contest. On the season, Penn State is averaging 72 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 65.3 points on 37.8 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 21.4 points on 3.2 assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Shep Garner is shooting 42.9 percent from the field and Ross Travis is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Penn State Nittany Lions are a well balanced team that’s shooting 69.8 percent from the free throw line and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Penn State is forcing 11.6 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 30.2 percent from deep. This is that measuring stick game for the Nittany Lions that could make or break their season.

Wisconsin vs. Penn State - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wisconsin Badgers have won five straight games and are looking to climb up the polls. On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 73.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting and is allowing 52.4 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 16.5 points and 7.9 rebounds while Sam Dekker is averaging 12.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. Nigel Hayes is the third player averaging double-digit points and Traevon Jackson is producing 3.1 assists. The Wisconsin Badgers have six players averaging at least 6.4 points while they’re shooting 74.2 percent from the free throw line and 34 percent from downtown. Defensively, Wisconsin is forcing 12.4 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 34.2 percent from deep. Wisconsin is unbeaten at home this season.

The Nittany Lions are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Badgers are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Wisconsin and 9-0 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.

You see Penn State's ATS record against Wisconsin? I'll take some of that. While I think the Badgers are the best team in the country from top to bottom, the Nittany Lions have a nice squad as well and will be out to prove they're legit. There's too much points on this line. 

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