Penn State vs. DePaul - 11/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
DePaul Blue Demons (1-0) at Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The DePaul Blue Demons and Penn State Nittany Lions play Tuesday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The DePaul Blue Demons look for a quick 2-0 start after beating Western Michigan on Saturday. The DePaul Blue Demons are averaging 69 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 63 points on 37 percent shooting. Billy Garrett Jr is averaging 18 points and five rebounds while Myke Henry is averaging 16 points and two assists. Tommy Hamilton IV is the third double-digit scorer and Darrick Wood is dishing three assists. The DePaul Blue Demons came back from being down 11 points at halftime in their season opening victory. DePaul made just two threes, but did get to the free throw line 36 times and was very aggressive on the defensive end. The DePaul Blue Demons now go on the road where they have lost six straight games.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions also look for a quick 2-0 start after beating VMI on Saturday. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 62 points on 42.6 percent shooting and are allowing 50 points on 36.7 percent shooting. Shep Garner is averaging 15 points and three rebounds while Brandon Taylor is averaging 13 points and six rebounds. Payton Banks is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Reaves is coming away with two steals. The Penn State Nittany Lions had a rather easy season opener in which they took care of the ball, played defense and grabbed 38 rebounds. It was a good win for a young Nittany Lions team, but they must shoot better than 26.3 percent from deep. Penn State has actually lost six of its last 10 home games.
The Blue Demons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win.
Penn State's defense will be the difference in this game, as DePaul was lucky to get by Western Michigan after sleep walking in the first half. The Nittany Lions will pressure the Blue Demons and have just enough offense to cover this reasonable number.