Penn State vs. Purdue - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Purdue Boilermakers (10-7) at Penn State Nittany Lions (12-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
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The Purdue Boilermakers and Penn State Nittany Lions play Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Purdue Boilermakers have split their last four games and play their third true road game. On the season, Purdue is averaging 73.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.6 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Kendall Stephens is averaging 10.9 points and 1.8 assists while Isaac Haas is averaging 10.1 points and 4.7 rebounds. A.J. Hammons is the third player averaging double-digit points and Vince Edwards is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Purdue Boilermakers have seven players averaging at least 5.3 points, and they’re shooting 68.3 percent from the line and 33.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 69 or less points in six of its last nine games.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost four straight games and are still looking for their first Big Ten win. On the season, Penn State is averaging 70.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 66.9 points on 39.9 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 20.8 points and 3.1 assists while Shep Garner is averaging 9.7 points and 2.6 rebounds. Brandon Taylor is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Geno Thorpe is shooting 42.7 percent from the field. The Penn State Nittany Lions have just one double-digit scorer while they’re shooting 69.3 percent from the line and 31 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in four of its last eight games.
The Boilermakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The home team is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Neither one of these teams has been that impressive. The home team has also won six of the last seven meetings SU. In a toss up game, I'm going with Penn State on its home court.