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Nebraska vs. Penn State - 1/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Penn State at Nebraska
Date & Time Thursday January 10, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Lincoln, NE
The Line
Nebraska Cornhuskers -10.5
TV Channel
ESPN 2
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The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to Pinnacle Bank Arena to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Penn State Nittany Lions lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 7-8 (0-4 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the 22nd ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 71-52, this past Sunday. Penn State struggled on both sides of the ball against the Badgers and couldn’t fight back after Wisconsin took a 49-25 lead with 13:47 left in regulation. Penn State shot just 37.7% from the field while allowing Wisconsin to shoot 49.2% from the field & 50.0% from beyond the arc in loss. Leading the way for the Nittany Lions was Lamar Stevens who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, Penn State is averaging 68.1 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Nittany lions are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Penn State has been led by Lamar Stevens (18.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.9 apg), Rasir Bolton (13.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg), Josh Reaves (9.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.5 spg), and Mike Watkins (7.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.2 bpg).

Defensively, Penn State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Nittany Lions have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-4 (1-3 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the 25th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, 93-84, this past Sunday. Nebraska struggled defensively agianst the Hawkeyes, and couldn’t fight back after Iowa took a 72-63 lead with 7:39 left in regulation. Nebraska shot just 17.4% from beyond the arc while allowing Iowa to shoot 45.8% from the field & 45.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cornhuskers was Isaac Copeland Jr. who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block.

On the season, Nebraska is averaging 61.3 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field. The Cornhuskers have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 4.8. Offensively, Nebraska has been led by James Palmer Jr. (20.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Isaac Copeland Jr. (14.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Glynn Watson Jr. (13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 spg), and Isaiah Roby (10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Nebraska is holding their opponents to an average of 61.3 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field. The Cornhuskers have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 4.8.

The Nittany Lions are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Cornhuskers are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss and 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 home games.

Penn State has lost 4 of their last 6 games and although their defense is ranked just 71st in scoring defense, the Nittany Lions have struggled offensively as they rank just 299th in scoring offense & 251st in scoring defense. Nebraska couldn’t pull out wins in tough back-to-back road games against Maryland & Iowa, however, this is still a solid basketball team that ranks 60th in scoring offense, 13th in scoring defense, & 18th in defensive FG%.

Penn State is 0-4 on the road this season while Nebraska is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and as I just don’t see the Nittany Lions being able to put up many points against the Cornhuskers defense on the road, I’m taking Nebraska to cover this large spread at home.

Pick:
Nebraska Cornhuskers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5

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