George Washington vs. Penn State - 12/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2) at George Washington Colonials (7-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Charles E. Smith Center)
The Line: George Washington Colonials -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to the Charles E. Smith Center to take on the George Washington Colonials this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Penn State Nittany Lions won their 3rd straight game and improved to 5-2 (0-0 Big 10) on the season after defeating the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 81-70, this past Saturday. Penn State was shot just 36.1% from the field but shot 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc and 73.7% (28-38) from the FT line. The Nittany Lions held the Eagles to just 23.5% (4-17) from three-point range and outrebounded Eastern Michigan by a 49-32 margin. Leading the way for Penn State was Brandon Taylor who had a double-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, the Nittany Lions have been led by Brandon Taylor (16.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.9 apg), Shep Garner (15.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.1 spg), and Payton Banks (11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Offensively, Penn State is averaging 66.6 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field and 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Nittany Lions average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.95. Defensively, Penn State is allowing their opponents to average 66.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting. The Nittany Lions have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of 1.9.
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The George Washington Colonials rebounded from their first loss of the season against the Cincinnati Bearcats to defeat the Seton Hall Pirates, 72-64, this past Wednesday to improve to 7-1 (0-0 A-10) on the season. George Washington shot 48.1% from the field and 81.0% (17-21) from the FT line in the victory. The Colonials held Seton Hall to just 11.1% (2-18) shooting from beyond the arc and forced the Pirates to commit 14 turnovers. Leading the way for George Washington was Tyler Cavanaugh who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Colonials have been led by Patricio Garino (15.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Tyler Cavanaugh (15.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg), and Kevin Larsen (11.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.0 apg). Offensively, George Washington is averaging 77.3 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field and 32.1% shooting from three-point range. The Colonials average 5.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13. Defensively, George Washington is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 39.8% shooting. The Colonials have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Nittany Lions are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Colonials are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games.
Penn State has a solid scorer in Brandon Taylor and has played some solid defense early on in the season however, going into the Charles E. Smith Center is no easy task as the Colonials are 31-3 at home over their past 34 games. George Washington has picked some solid wins against Virginia, Tennessee, and Seton Hall this season however, have only two of their seven wins have been double-digit victories. I like this George Washington team however, I think 10 points is too much to give in a game in which both teams are averaging under 70 points allowed per game. I’m taking Penn State and the points in this one.