Thursday, March 3, 2016
Bryce Jordan Center
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The Northwestern Wildcats travel to Bryce Jordan Center to play the Penn State Nittany Lions on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The opening line for this game has Penn State as 1 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 131.
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The Wildcats come into this game with an overall record of 18-11 and a road record of 4-6. They are 11-13 against the spread and their over/under record is 13-12. The Nittany Lions have an overall record of 15-14 and a home record of 10-3. They have an over/under record of 13-15 and they are 13-14 against the spread.
Tre Demps comes into this contest averaging 15.2 points per game while playing 36.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Wildcats. He pulls down 3.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is currently at 69%. Bryant McIntosh averages 13.7 points per game in 35.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.8 assists per contest and 3.6 rebounds per game for Northwestern. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Brandon Taylor averages 16.1 points per game while playing 31.7 minutes per contest this year for the Nittany Lions. He grabs 6.5 rebounds per game and has 1.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 72%. Shep Garner averages 14.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 3 rebounds per contest and 3.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
Northwestern averages 72.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 174th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 6 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 99th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 136th in the country. They average 36.4 rebounds per game and 16.7 assists per game which ranks them 146th and 17th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 16th with 10.3 per game. The Wildcats allow 66.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 45th in the nation. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 32nd and 157th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.7 rebounds a game which ranks 115th and they give up 14 assists per contest which puts them in 236th place in the country. They force 10.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 319th in the Division 1.
Penn State averages 65 points per game this year which ranks them 323rd in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is -3.9 and their shooting percentage is 40% as a team which has them sitting in the 311th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 320th in the nation. They average 34.8 rebounds per game and 9.8 assists per contest which ranks them 229th and 345th respectively. In the turnover department the Nittany Lions rank 46th with 11.2 per game. The Nittany Lions allow 68.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 92nd in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 91st and 276th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 36 rebounds a game which ranks 186th and they give up 12.2 assists per contest which puts them in 103rd place in the nation. The Nittany Lions force 11.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 257th in college basketball.
The Wildcats average 68.7 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 74 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 6.7 per contest. The Wildcats have an offensive rating of 110.1 and they assist on 63.4% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 64.6 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 53%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 55% and they shoot 3 pointers on 43% of their shots. Northwestern turns the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 5.9% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.2% while their offensive rebound percentage is 30.6%. The Wildcats give up 72.1 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 67.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Nittany Lions score 68.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 61 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -6 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 1.9 points per game. The Nittany Lions have a rating on offense of 98.2 and 43.1% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 66.2 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 46%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 50% and they attempt 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Penn State turns it over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 7.7% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 49.1% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 29.2%. The Nittany Lions give up 67 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 67 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 11-13 against the spread
The Northwestern Wildcats are 13-12 against the over/under
Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 13-14 against the spread
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 13-15 against the over/under
Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
11/11/15 F Vic Law Shoulder out for season
Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
No key injuries to report
Josh's Pick: Take Northwestern
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