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Purdue vs. Penn State - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (21-12) at Purdue Boilermakers (27-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

The Penn State Nittany Lions and Purdue Boilermakers meet Saturday in the college basketball Big Ten Tournament semifinals at the

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for another victory after beating Ohio State in the quarterfinals. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 74.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 66.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Tony Carr is averaging 19.9 points and 4.8 assists while Lamar Stevens is averaging 15.2 points and 6.3 rebounds. Mike Watkins is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Reaves is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Penn State Nittany Lions are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won three of their last four neutral site games.

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Purdue vs. Penn State - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Purdue Boilermakers look for another victory after beating Rutgers in the quarterfinals. The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 81.7 points on 49.6 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Carsen Edwards is averaging 18.2 points and three assists while Vincent Edwards is averaging 14.7 points and 7.6 rebounds. Isaac Haas is the third double-digit scorer and Dakota Mathias is dishing 4.2 assists. The Purdue Boilermakers are shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Purdue Boilermakers are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Purdue Boilermakers have won three of their last five neutral site games.

The Nittany Lions are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Boilermakers are 13-3-3 ATS in their last 19 Saturday games, 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big Ten and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The under is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.

The last two meetings between Penn State and Purdue have been decided by four or less points, and the Nittany Lions did take the Boilermakers down to the wire on the road when they met once this season. The Penn State Nittany Lions are one of those teams that's still proving they belong in the big dance, so a win here would almost lockup a bid. Not saying the Nittany Lions win outright, but there's a lot more to play for here. I'll take the points.

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