Penn State vs. Cincinnati - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1) at Penn State Nittany Lions (2-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 20, 2016 (Mohegan Sun Arena)
The Line: Penn State +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Cincinnati Bearcats clash Sunday in college basketball action at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Penn State Nittany Lions hope for a bounce back performance after losing to the Duke Blue Devils, 68-78. In the loss, PSU allowed 47.4 percent shooting and turned the ball over 14 times. Tony Carr led the Nittany Lions with 20 points and six rebounds while Shep Garner had 15 points and three assists. Payton Banks was the third Penn State starter to score double-digit points. Penn State has scored 80-plus points in three of its first four games and has a different feel than past Nittany Lions teams. If Penn State can continue to put the ball through the hoop like they have recently, it’ll be a team to watch in the Big Ten. The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost their last three neutral site games.
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The Cincinnati Bearcats also look for a rebound performance after losing to the Cincinnati Bearcats, 71-76. In the loss, Cincy shot 43.4 percent from the field and forced just 10 turnovers. Kyle Washington led the Bearcats with 23 points and nine rebounds while Jacob Evans had 25 points and six rebounds. Troy Caupain was the third starter to score-double digit points. Cincinnati simply couldn’t get consistent stops and impose its will like we’re used to seeing from the Bearcats. Cincinnati is a grind it out team that likes to play physical and has won nine of its last 11 games when holding its opponent under 70 points. The Cincinnati Bearcats have lost their last three neutral site games.
The Bearcats are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games. The Nittany Lions are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The over is 4-1 in Nittany Lions last 5 neutral site games and the under is 76-35-1 in Bearcats last 112 overall.
This is a lot of points to lay with a Cincinnati team that's not the best on the offensive side of the ball and often plays close games. However, Penn State should really have a hard time matching up with the Cincinnati Bearcats here and this game could get out of hand over time. I'll take the Bearcats by double digits.