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Colorado vs. Penn State - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (8-3) at Colorado Buffaloes (10-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Orleans Arena)

The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -6 -- Over/Under: 138.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Buffaloes and Penn State Nitty Lions will face off in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at Orleans Arena this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Colorado Buffaloes won their 10th straight game and improved to 10-1 (0-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Hampton Pirates, 95-53, this past Saturday. Colorado looked solid throughout the game and had no problem getting the victory after leading by as much as 46 points in the 2nd half. Colorado shot 47.7% from the field and outrebounded Hampton by a 52-37 margin. The Buffaloes held the Pirates to 32.3% shooting from the field and 14.3% (2-14) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Colorado was Josh Scott who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Buffaloes have been led by Josh Scott (19.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.8 bpg), George King (15.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg), and Josh Fortune (11.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.5 apg). Offensively, Colorado is averaging 85.7 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field and 40.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Buffaloes average 8.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.25. Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 70.1 ppg on 40.7% shooting. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 12.0 and a turnover margin of -2.5.

Colorado vs. Penn State - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Penn State Nittany Lions won their 3rd straight game and improved to 8-3 (0-0 Big 10) on the season after defeating the Drexel Dragons, 63-57, this past Saturday. Penn State found themselves down by 7 points as halftime but outscored Drexel by a 36-23 margin in the 2nd half to get the win. Penn State shot 39.0% from the field and outrebounded Drexel by a 40-32 margin in the victory. The Nittany Lions held the Dragons to 30.2% shooting from the field and 36.8% (7-19) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Penn State was Payton Banks who had 20 points and 6 rebounds. On the season, The Nittany Lions have been led by Brandon Taylor (15.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 apg), Shep Garner (14.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.8 apg). Offensively, Penn State is averaging 66.4 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field and 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Nittany Lions average 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.89. Defensively, Penn State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 39.5% shooting. The Nittany Lions have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Buffaloes are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games however, just 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 non-conference games.

Colorado has one of the best big man in the country in Josh Scott and should have sizable advantage on the boards in this one. Penn State has a decent backcourt however, George King and Josh Fortune have been outstanding for the Buffaloes and I think Colorado will be able to cover this spread. Take Colorado to cover. 

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Colorado Buffaloes -6

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