Northwestern vs. Penn State - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (15-12) at Northwestern Wildcats (12-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Northwestern Wildcats meet Saturday at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost five of their last six games and look for their first road win in 2015. On the season, PSU is averaging 67.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 65.5 points on 40.6 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 21.1 points and 3.1 assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. Shep Garner is dishing 2.3 assists and Geno Thorpe is shooting 41.7 percent from the field. The Penn State Nittany Lions have four players averaging at least 8.3 points, and they’re shooting 70 percent from the line and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, PSU is allowing 32.2 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 66 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.
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The Northwestern Wildcats look to string together a third straight win for the first time since 2015. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 63.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting and is allowing 63.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 12.3 points and 4.4 assists while Tre Demps is averaging 12.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. Alex Olah is the third double-digit scorer and Vic Law is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Northwestern Wildcats have four players averaging at least 6.3 points, and they’re shooting 73 percent from the line and 35.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in six of its last seven games.
The Nittany Lions are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Northwestern and 17-4-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall.
The Northwestern Wildcats have been crushing the spread all season long, but the Nittany Lions aren't doing too bad in their own right. However, in a toss up game, I'm going to give the slight edge to Northwestern at home.