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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Penn State Nittany Lions - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (13-13) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-20)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a Big Ten game on Saturday.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 6-20 (0-13) and are coming off of a loss to Illinois by a score of 82-66. Rutgers has lost 13 games in a row and is currently tied for last in the Big Ten standings. Rutgers is averaging 68.3 points per game while giving up 80.1 points per game. Rutgers is also averaging 35.2 rebounds per game and 11.7 assists per game. Rutgers will be without their two leading scorers, Corey Sanders and Deshawn Freeman. Mike Williams is averaging 12.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for Rutgers. Bishop Daniels is averaging 8.8 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers is shooting 67.8% on free throws, 30.5% on three-pointers, and 41.9% on all field goal attempts.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Penn State Nittany Lions - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Penn State Nittany Lions are 13-13 (4-9) and are coming off of a win against Iowa by a score of 79-75. Penn State has won 2 of their last 3 games and is currently tied for 11th in the Big Ten standings. Penn State also has conference wins against Minnesota, Northwestern, and Indiana. Penn State is averaging 65.5 points per game while giving up 69.2 points per game. Penn State is also averaging 34.7 rebounds per game and 9.8 assists per game. Brandon Taylor is averaging 16.5 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game for Penn State. Shep Garner is averaging 13.5 points per game and 3.1 assists per game for the Nittany Lions. Penn State is shooting 69.1% on free throws, 29.3% on three-pointers, and 40.9% on all field goal attempts.

Penn State is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. Penn State is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The under is 4-1 in Penn State’s last 5 road games. Rutgers is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. Rutgers is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 7-0 in the last 7 home games for Rutgers.

Rutgers is a mess right now without their top two scorers and their winless streak should continue here. Penn State has played well of late, upsetting Iowa and Indiana. Rutgers really struggles on defense, while their offense has been inconsistent. I like Penn State here. 

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