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Purdue vs. Penn State - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Penn State at Purdue
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Mackey Arena
West Lafayette, Indiana
The Line
The Line: Purdue -14 -- Over/Under: 140.5
TV Channel
BTN
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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Purdue Boilermakers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Mackey Arena.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for a big win after losing six of their last eight games. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 68.4 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Lamar Stevens is averaging 19.2 points and eight rebounds while Rasir Bolton is averaging 12 points and 1.5 assists. Josh Reaves is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Dread is dishing 1.2 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The Penn State Nittany Lions are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost five of their last six road games.

The Purdue Boilermakers look for a win after winning eight of their last nine games. The Purdue Boilermakers are averaging 77.8 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Carsen Edwards is averaging 24.6 points and 3.3 assists while Ryan Cline is averaging 12.6 points and 2.5 rebounds. Matt Haarms is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Nojel Eastern is dishing 2.3 assists. The Purdue Boilermakers are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Purdue Boilermakers are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The Purdue Boilermakers have won all 12 home games this season.

The Nittany Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Boilermakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Purdue and 20-9 in the last 29 meetings. The under is 20-7 in Nittany Lions last 27 Saturday games and 7-3 in Nittany Lions last 10 road games.

The Purdue Boilermakers are a machine at home where they win by an average of 18.8 points and hold teams under 40 percent shooting. With that said, the Penn State Nittany Lions took Purdue to overtime last month despite being seven-point underdogs and just shocked the college basketball world by beating Michigan. Penn State doesn't have a lot of results to show for it, but this is a team that competes and has a lot of tough losses. This line feels a bit too steep, so I'm going to give the Nittany Lions a shot with the points.

Pick:
Penn State +14

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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