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Penn State vs. Northwestern - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

Northwestern Wildcats at Penn State Nittany Lions
Date & Time Saturday February 15, 2020, 12:00 PM (EST)
Bryce Jordan Center
Bryce Jordan Center, 720, Curtin Road, University Park, College Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, 16801, USA
The Line
Penn State Nittany Lions -14
TV Channel
Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

The Northwestern Wildcats and the Penn State Nittany Lions meet in college basketball action from Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday.

Northwestern enters this one at 6-17 on the year. The Wildcats have lost eight straight games, dropping to Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers and Michigan during their last four outings.

In the loss to the Wolverines, Northwestern’s lead scorer was Jared Jones with 12 points and four rebounds. Also in double-digits in that one was Miller Kopp with 10 points, four assists and two rebounds.

Over on the Penn State side, they’re 19-5 on the year. The Nittany Lions have won their last seven straight games over Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska, Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue.

In the win over the Boilermakers, Penn State’s Mike Watkins doubled up on 19 points with 10 rebounds. Seth Lundy added 18 points and four rebounds there, and Lamar Stevens had 16 points with five assists.

The Lions are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six home games. Penn State is 6-0 ATS in their last six after a straight-up win and 15-4-3 ATS in their last 22 after an ATS win.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 2-5-2 ATS in their last nine Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. Northwestern is 11-24-1 ATS in their last 36 overall and the under is 4-1 in their last five overall.

This just isn’t a good year for Northwestern to make much headway in the conference, as the Big Ten is pretty stout this season. It’s not like the Wildcats haven’t been competitive lately though; they were within three of Purdue and four of Rutgers.

Considering Penn State is on a great run here, and that they’ve scored at least 75 in each of their last four, I can’t find too many reasons not to take the Lions on the cover in this one.

Penn State Nittany Lions -14

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