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Penn State vs. Rutgers - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-10) at Penn State Nittany Lions (12-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)

The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost four of their last five games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Rutgers is averaging 59.7 points on 39.8 percent shooting and is allowing 62.3 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Myles Mack is averaging 14.7 points and 4.4 assists while Kadeem Jack is averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. Junior Etou is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Bishop Daniels is shooting 42.1 percent from the field. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are a defensive team that’s allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in seven of their last nine games. Offensively, Rutgers is shooting 67.1 percent from the line and 30.2 percent from beyond the arc. Rutgers is 2-4 SU on the road.

Penn State vs. Rutgers - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost six straight games and look for their first Big Ten win. On the season, Penn State is averaging 69.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.7 points on 40.5 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 21.9 points and 3.1 assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 9.6 points and six rebounds. Shep Garner is dishing 2.3 assists and Ross Travis is grabbing seven rebounds. The Penn State Nittany Lions have five players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 69.4 percent from the line and 31.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in eight of its last 12 games. Penn State is 7-2 SU on its home court.

The Scarlet Knights are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games overall. 

Penn State is bound to win a Big Ten game eventually and was able to compete with Rutgers on the road in the previous matchup. There are better bets on the board but the Nittany Lions should win and cover at home. 

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Penn State Nittany Lions -6.5

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