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Kent State vs. Penn State - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (8-4) at Kent State (7-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Orleans Arena)

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

TV: FS1

The Penn State Nittany Lions and Kent State Golden Flashes meet Wednesday night at the Orleans Arena.

The Penn State Nittany Lions hope to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 66.7 points on 40.6 percent shooting and allowing 65.2 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Brandon Taylor is averaging 15.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while Shep Garner is averaging 14.6 points and 2.8 assists. Payton Banks is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Reaves is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. Penn State is allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 11.7 turnovers per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions have split their last six neutral games.

Kent State vs. Penn State - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kent State Golden Flashes need a statement win to build on their 7-3 start. The Kent State Golden Flashes are averaging 75.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Jimmy Hall is averaging 15.6 points and 7.4 rebounds while Kellon Thomas is averaging 13.8 points and 2.4 assists. Xavier Pollard is the third double-digit scorer and Khaliq Spicer is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Kent State Golden Flashes are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 64 percent from the free throw line. Kent State is allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.1 turnovers per game. The Kent State Golden Flashes have lost two of their last three neutral games.

The Nittany Lions are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games. The Golden Flashes are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

There's no line yet, but I'm going to side with Penn State to win this game. The Nittany Lions defense will be the difference here, especially with the way both teams looked Tuesday.

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