Purdue vs. Penn State - 1/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (10-7) at Purdue Boilermakers (14-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Mackey Arena)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Purdue Boilermakers meet Wednesday night at the Mackey Arena.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 67.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Brandon Taylor is averaging 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds while Shep Garner is averaging 14.9 points and 2.7 assists. Payton Banks is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Reaves is dishing 1.8 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 29.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. Penn State is allowing 38.6 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 11.4 turnovers per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.
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The Purdue Boilermakers look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 78.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 61.2 points on 35.9 percent shooting. A.J. Hammons is averaging 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds while Isaac Haas is averaging 10.8 points and five rebounds. Caleb Swanigan is the third double-digit scorer and Vince Edwards is dishing 2.9 assists. The Purdue Boilermakers are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. Purdue is allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 10.2 turnovers per game. The Purdue Boilermakers have won 16 of their last 17 home games.
The Nittany Lions are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games. The Boilermakers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a ATS loss and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Penn State is a physical basketball team that relies on defense and ugly play. While Purdue is the better basketball team overall, the Nittany Lions play a grind it out style that could keep this game somewhat close. After all, four of the Nittany Lions seven losses have come by 10 or less points. I'll take the points here.