Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Penn State Nittany Lions - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (12-2) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to the Louis Brown Athletic Center to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this Saturday night.
The Penn State Nittany Lions had their 10 game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-2 (0-1 Big Ten) on the season after losing 89-72 to the 4th ranked Wisconsin Badgers this past Wednesday. Penn State allowed the Badgers to shoot 63.8% (30-47 FGM-A) from the field and 46.2% (6-13 3PM-A) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Nittany Lions was D.J. Newbill who had 29 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. Penn State is currently ranked 29th in the RPI Standings and has played the 141st ranked SOS. On the season, the Nittany Lions have been led by D.J. Newbill (21.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.0 apg), Brandon Taylor (10.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg), and Ross Travis (5.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg). Offensively, Penn State is averaging 72.0 ppg (ranked 94th) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 142nd). The Nittany Lions are averaging just 9.9 apg (ranked 316th). Defensively, Penn State is allowing 67.0 ppg (ranked 202nd) on 39.3% shooting (ranked 68th). The Nittany Lions average 26.64 defensive rpg (ranked 54th) and 37.93 total rpg (ranked 67th).
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights fell to 8-6 (0-1 Big Ten) after losing 51-47 to the Northwestern Wildcats this past Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights struggled offensively as they only shot 30.2% from the field and 27.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Rutgers was Myles Mack who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in the loss. Rutgers is currently ranked 86th in the RPI Standings and has played the 41st SOS. On the season, the Scarlet Knights have been led by Myles Mack (13.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.3 spg), Kadeem Jack (12.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 spg), and Junior Etou (9.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg). Offensively, Rutgers is averaging 59.5 ppg (ranked 318th) on 38.8% shooting (ranked 311th). The Scarlet Knights average only 5.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 283rd) on 29.8% three-point shooting (ranked 294th). Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 61.2 ppg (ranked 82nd) on 39.6% shooting (ranked 77th). The Scarlet Knights average 24.86 defensive rpg (ranked 133rd) and 35.57 total rpg (ranked 158th).
The Nittany Lions are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. the Big Ten.
This game will feature two of the better guards in the country in Penn State’s D.J. Newbill and Rutgers’s Myles Mack. Both teams heavily realize on these starts for their offensive production, however, I think Penn State has the better overall supporting cast and as the line is this low, I’m going to take the Nittany Lions to cover.