Saturday, January 16, 2016
Welsh Ryan Arena
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The Penn State Nittany Lions travel to Welsh Ryan Arena to play the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The opening line for this game has Northwestern as 8.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 142.
The Nittany Lions come into this game with an overall record of 10-8 and a road record of 1-4. They are 8-8 against the spread and their over/under record is 9-8. The Wildcats have an overall record of 15-3 and a home record of 10-2. They have an over/under record of 7-7 and they are 7-6 against the spread.
Brandon Taylor comes into this contest averaging 16.2 points per game while playing 31.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Nittany Lions. He pulls down 6 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 70%. Shep Garner averages 14.6 points per game in 34.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.8 assists per contest and 2.6 rebounds per game for Penn State. His field goal percentage is 39% for the year while his free throw percentage is 78%.
Bryant McIntosh averages 16.1 points per game while playing 34.9 minutes per contest this year for the Wildcats. He grabs 3.3 rebounds per game and has 7.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. Tre Demps averages 14 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 36.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.4 rebounds per contest and 3.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 67%.
Penn State averages 66.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 282nd in the nation. Their average scoring margin is -2.3 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them ranked 256th. Behind the arc they shoot 30% which is good for 319th in the country. They average 34.3 rebounds per game and 9.2 assists per game which ranks them 258th and 346th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 32nd with 11.1 per game. The Nittany Lions allow 69.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 112th in the nation. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc ranking them 115th and 320th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.3 rebounds a game which ranks 144th and they give up 12.3 assists per contest which puts them in 110th place in the country. They force 12.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 236th in the Division 1.
Northwestern averages 76.8 points per game this year which ranks them 83rd in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 12.7 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 40th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 79th in the nation. They average 38.6 rebounds per game and 17.6 assists per contest which ranks them 78th and 14th respectively. In the turnover department the Wildcats rank 16th with 10.3 per game. The Wildcats allow 64.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 24th in the country. They also allow a 39% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 25th and 72nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 33.6 rebounds a game which ranks 67th and they give up 14.8 assists per contest which puts them in 272nd place in the nation. The Wildcats force 10.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 322nd in college basketball.
Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 8-8 against the spread
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 9-8 against the over/under
Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 7-6 against the spread
The Northwestern Wildcats are 7-7 against the over/under
Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
01/15/16 G Josh Reaves Illness "?" Saturday vs. Northwestern
Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
12/27/15 C Alex Olah Foot out indefinitely
11/11/15 F Vic Law Shoulder out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Penn State
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