Penn State vs. Wisconsin - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (10-9) at Penn State Nittany Lions (11-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Thursday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Wisconsin Badgers look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Wisconsin Badgers are averaging 69 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Nigel Hayes is averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while Bronson Koenig is averaging 14.3 points and 2.5 assists. Ethan Happ is the third double-digit scorer and Vitto Brown is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Wisconsin Badgers are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. Wisconsin is allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 36.6 rebounds per game. The Wisconsin Badgers have split their last 10 road games.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions also need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 67.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Brandon Taylor is averaging 16.4 points and 6.1 rebounds while Shep Garner is averaging 14.3 points and 2.8 assists. Payton Banks is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Reaves is dishing 1.7 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. PSU is allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won 10 of their last 16 home games.
The Badgers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Nittany Lions are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big Ten and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Badgers are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Penn State and 0-11 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
Wisconsin is starting to show signs of turning its season around with decent wins and close losses. Penn State is the same team it's been over the years, solid defensively but goes long stretches without scoring. Give me the Badgers.