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Purdue vs. Penn State - 3/13/15 Big Ten Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (17-15) at Purdue

College Basketball: Friday, March 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm (United Center)

The Line: Purdue -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Penn State Nittany Lions and Purdue Boilermakers meet Friday in the Big Ten quarterfinal.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for their fourth straight win after upsetting Iowa. On the season, PSU is averaging 67.1 points on 42.3 percent shooting and is allowing 66.5 points on 40.4 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 20.8 points and 3.1 assists while Shep Garner is averaging 9.4 points and 2.3 assists. Brandon Taylor is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Geno Thorpe is dishing 1.2 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions have four players averaging at least 8.7 points, and they’re shooting 69.2 percent from the line and 33 percent from deep. Defensively, PSU is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in four of its last eight games.

Purdue vs. Penn State - 3/13/15 Big Ten Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Purdue Boilermakers look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven. On the season, Purdue is averaging 70.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 40 percent shooting. A.J. Hammons is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while Rapheal Davis is averaging 11 points and 2.7 assists. Jon Octeus is dishing 2.6 assists and Kendall Stephens is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Purdue Boilermakers have four players averaging at least nine points, and they’re shooting 68 percent from the line and 33.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in six of its last eight games.

The Nittany Lions are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Boilermakers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The under is 16-6 in the last 22 meetings.

Not sure how many times I'm going to keep picking against Penn State and getting burned. So, this time I'm backing the Nittany Lions. Newbill is on a mission, and this PSU is gaining confidence by the second. Don't be surprised if another upset takes place here but take the points just to be safe. 

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Penn State Nittany Lions +6

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