Penn State vs. Northwestern - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (18-11) at Penn State Nittany Lions (15-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -1 -- Over/Under: 131 See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Northwestern Wildcats face off on Thursday in Big Ten college basketball action.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 15-14 this season and they are coming off of a loss to Michigan State that ended a three game winning streak. Penn State is averaging 65 points per game and they are shooting 40.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Brandon Taylor leads the Nittany Lions averaging 16.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Shep Garner is averaging 14.3 points, Payton Banks is averaging 9.7 points, and Josh Reaves is averaging 5.9 points. Penn State is 10-3 at home and 6-10 in the Big Ten.
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The Northwestern Wildcats are 18-11 this season and they are coming off of a win over Rutgers that ended a two game losing skid. Northwestern is averaging 72.3 points per game and they are shooting 45.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.3 points and their opponents are shooting 40.3 percent. Tre Demps leads the Wildcats averaging 15.2 points per game. Bryant McIntosh is averaging 13.7 points and 6.8 assists, Alex Olah is averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Aaron Falzon is averaging 8.9 points. Northwestern is 4-6 on the road and 6-10 in the Big Ten.
Penn State is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings with Northwestern and 8-1-1 against the spread at home against Northwestern. Northwestern is 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 0-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The road team is 4-1-1 against the spread in the last six meetings of those two teams.
This game looks like a coin flip and the line is set as one as well but I give Northwestern a slight edge in a game I just don’t love.