Penn State vs. Rutgers - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-10) at Penn State Nittany Lions (20-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -6 -- Over/Under: 137.5
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Penn State Nittany Lions meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday night.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will try to climb a couple of ranks in the Big Ten standings, sitting at 9-8 in conference play after a 79-71 loss to Wisconsin last time out. Ron Harper Jr. leads Rutgers in scoring with an average of 12.2 PPG while Geo Baker has 10.7 PPG and a team-high 3.6 APG this season. Akwasi Yeboah has 10 PPG while Myles Johnson has a team-high 7.9 RPG this season. As a team, Rutgers is averaging 69.8 points on 44.6% shooting from the field, 30.1% from 3-point range and 65.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62.2 points on 38.4% from the field and 32% from 3-point range this season. Rutgers is 1-7 straight up and 4-3-1 against the spread on the road this season.
The Penn State Nittany Lions will try to keep pace at the top of the Big Ten, sitting in a four-way tie for 2nd at 10-6 in conference play after a 68-60 loss to Indiana last time out. Lamar Stevens leads the Nittany Lions with 18 PPG while Myreon Jones is averaging 14.1 PPG this season. Mike Watkins leads Penn State on the glass with 7.8 RPG as well as 9.8 PPG and Jamari Wheeler has a team-high 3.1 APG this season. As a team, Penn State is averaging 76.1 points on 44.3% shooting from the field, 32.8% from behind the arc and 69.2% from the foul line while allowing their opposition to average 67.2 points on 40.3% shooting from the field and 32% from 3-point range this season. Penn State is 13-2 straight up and 10-5 against the spread this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The points with Rutgers are tempting as the Scarlet Knights have batter a lot of stiff competition this season, and hung around for the most part. However, Penn State has been stifling teams at home, holding opponents to just 62 points per game at home this season, while the Scarlet Knights are only averaging 65.4 points on the road this year. Rutgers has been decent on the road by Big Ten standards this year, and since the new year, Rutgers has either won or lost by eight or less in all of their conference road games. I just think that this is where the luck kind of runs out as Penn State is playing really well in their own right and if the Nittany Lions want any hope at the top spot in the Big Ten, they have to win in situations like this. I’ll lay the points with Penn State at home here.