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Penn State vs. Northwestern - 1/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northwestern Wildcats (10-6) at Penn State Nittany Lions (11-5)

College Basketball: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)

The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-1

We have some Big Ten college basketball action on tap Friday night as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. 

The Northwestern Wildcats will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including a conference play opening loss to Nebraska by a final score of 70-55. Derek Pardon led the team with 17 points, 15 rebounds, 11 of which were on the offensive end, and 3 blocks for the double-double. Scottie Lindsey came 2nd with 12 points and a team-high 4 assists, while Aaron Falzon added 11 points with 3 threes to round out the scoring in double digits for the Wildcats in the loss. Lindsey leads the Cats in scoring with an average of 14.6 points per game, while Pardon leads the way in rebounding with 6.9 boards per game and McIntosh leads the team in assists with 5.5 helpers per game this season. As a team, Northwestern is scoring 75.1 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 76.1% from the foul line this season.

Penn State vs. Northwestern - 1/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Penn State Nittany Lions will try to find the same consistent play after also alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including their own conference opener, a 75-69 setback at the hands of Maryland last time out. Mike Watkins led the team with 17 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 17 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the double-double, while Tony Carr added 16 points and a team-high 8 assists and Lamar Stevens came right behind with 15 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Nittany Lions in the loss. Jamari Wheeler added 3 steals, while Josh Reaves chipped in 9 points and 6 assists in the losing effort. Carr leads Penn State with an average of 18.7 points and 4.8 assists per game, while Watkins leads the team in rebounding with 8.9 boards per game this season. As a team, Penn State is scoring 77.8 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 38.4% from behind the arc and 69.6% from the foul line this season.

Northwestern is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Friday games while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Penn State is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 home games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Northwestern is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Penn State.

Neither of these teams are easy to get behind as they aren’t the pictures of consistency as of late. However, Northwestern has had success against the Nittany Lions on the road, and will be eager to shake off an ugly loss to Nebraska. Penn State is a solid team and will probably win this one, but I think this has all the makings of a close one throughout to I’ll take Northwestern and the points here.

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