Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Bucknell Bison - 11/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Bucknell Bison at Penn State Nittany Lions
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM (Bryce Jordan Center)
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The Bucknell Bison are set to visit Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania for a non-conference clash against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Bucknell Bison come into this matchup with a 2-2 record, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping their recent road game against the Canisius Golden Griffins, 83-81. Leading the way for the Bucknell Bison was senior guard Avi Toomer as he recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds. Joining Toomer in the backcourt was sophomore guard Andrew Funk who had a productive game with 15 points and 7 rebounds.
The Bucknell Bison had a good shooting game against the Canisius Golden Griffins as they connected on 27 of their 55 field goal attempts (49.1%), and they were slightly better from behind the three-point line (50%). The Bucknell Bison lost the turnover battle against the Canisius Golden Griffins (24-12), but they dominated the Golden Griffins in the rebounding department (38-21).
The Penn State Nittany Lions come into this matchup with a 3-0 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent road game against the Georgetown Hoyas, 81-66. Leading the way for the Penn State Nittany Lions was sophomore guard Myreon Jones as he recorded 21 points. Senior forward Lamar Stevens had a productive all-around game for the Nittany Lions as he pitched in 14 points and 9 rebounds.
The Penn State Nittany Lions had a good shooting game against the Georgetown Hoyas as they connected on 28 of their 63 field goal attempts (44.4%), and they were slightly better from behind the three-point line (44.8%). The Penn State Nittany Lions won the turnover battle against the Georgetown Hoyas (21-20), but they were even with the Hoyas in the rebounding department (41-41).
The Penn State Nittany Lions have been impressive on both sides of the court this season as they rank 28th in the nation in points scored and 37th in points allowed, and they should have no problem against the Bison. Penn State has one of the most dynamic forwards in the country with Lamar Stevens (14.7 PPG, 7 RPG), but the emergence of sophomore Myreon Jones has been a big reason for their success. Bucknell has struggled on the defensive side of the court this season as they rank 226th in points allowed, and it will be hard for them to go on the road against a talented Penn State team and stay close. Expect Penn State to pull away in the 2nd half with a hot shooting streak and stingy defense.