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Northwestern vs. Penn State - 1/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (10-8) at Northwestern Wildcats (15-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Northwestern Wildcats and the Penn State Nittany Lions face off Saturday in Big Ten college basketball action.

The Northwestern Wildcats are 15-3 this season and they have won their last two games. Northwestern is averaging 76.8 points and they are shooting 47.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64.1 points and their opponents are shooting 39.2 percent. Bryant McIntosh leads the Wildcats averaging 16.1 points and 7.1 assists per game. Tre Demps is averaging 14 points, Alex Olah is averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Derek Pardon is averaging 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. This could be the year Northwestern finally makes the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern vs. Penn State - 1/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Penn State Nittany Lions are 10-8 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. Penn State is averaging 66.8 points and they are shooting 41.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. Brandon Taylor leads PSU is averaging 16.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Shep Garner is averaging 14.6 points, Payton Banks is averaging 10.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Josh Reaves is averaging 6.4 points. Penn State is 1-4 on the road and 1-4 in Big Ten play.

Northwestern is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games and 7-2-1 against the spread following a win. Penn State is 12-5 against the spread on the road against a team with a home winning percentage greater than .600. The road team is 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two.

Northwestern looks to be the real deal and look for them to flex their muscle here. 

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