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Penn State vs. Wisconsin - 01/06/2019 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Wisconsin at Penn State
Date & Time Sunday January 6, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, Pennsylvania
The Line
Penn State Nittany Lions +2
TV Channel
BTN
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NCAA BB | Wisconsin at Penn State
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The Wisconsin Badgers and the Penn State Nittany Lions will meet up in college basketball activity on Sunday.

Wisconsin enters this game at 10-4 on the year. After winning consecutive games versus Savannah State and Grambling State last month, the Badgers have lost their last pair to Western Kentucky and Minnesota.

In the loss to the Gophers, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ led the team on 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists. The only other Badger to finish in double-figures there was Nathan Reuvers with 12 points and five rebounds.

Over on the Penn State side, they’re 7-7 this season. The Nittany Lions are 2-2 in their last four games, taking out Duquesne and UMBC but falling to Alabama and Michigan during that stretch.

In the loss to Michigan, Penn State’s Mike Watkins led the team with a double-double on 19 points and 12 rebounds. Lamar Stevens also doubled up for the Lions, with 17 points and 10 rebounds in that one.

The Badgers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games versus a team with a winning home record. Wisconsin is 7-2 ATS in their last nine versus the Big Ten and 5-2 ATS in the last seven following a straight-up loss.

Meanwhile, the Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last seven Sunday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five following an ATS loss. Penn State is 1-6 1 ATS in their last eight overall and the under is 5-1 in their last six versus the Big Ten.

Well, the loss to Minnesota certainly puts a damper on Wisconsin’s season, and fittingly enough the Badgers were outscored 29-14 in the first quarter in that one. That’s two bad showings in a row for Wisconsin, and their stock is plummeting.

All of that said, this is a good opportunity for the Badgers to get back on track, as Penn State’s offense is prone to being stifled. With the line so thin I’m taking Wisconsin, but if it inflates much more I’ll be rethinking that.

Pick:
Wisconsin Badgers -2

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