Northwestern Wildcats vs Penn State Nittany Lions Predictions, College Basketball Picks 2/15/2020
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Location: Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Penn State -14
The Northwestern Wildcats travel to Bryce Jordan Center to play the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Penn State as 14 point favorites.
Northwestern comes into this game with an overall record of 6-17. They currently have a point differential of -3.7 as they are averaging 65.0 points per game while giving up 68.7 per contest. Penn State has an overall mark of 19-5. They are averaging 77.5 points per contest and giving up 67.6, which is a point differential of 9.9.
Valuable Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 9-12-1 against the spread
The Northwestern Wildcats are 10-11-1 against the over/under
Important Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 15-8-1 against the spread
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 14-10-0 against the over/under
Key Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
01/06/20 G Anthony Gaines Shoulder is out for season
Key Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
02/12/20 G Myreon Jones Illness is questionable
Miller Kopp comes into this contest averaging 13.3 points per game while playing 31.8 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 87%. Pat Spencer averages 10.7 points per game in 28.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.9 assists per contest and 3.8 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Lamar Stevens averages 17.5 points per game while playing 30.1 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.8 rebounds per game and has 2.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 73%. Myreon Jones averages 14.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 29.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.0 rebounds per contest and 3.0 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
Useful Team Statistics
Northwestern averages 65.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 318th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is -3.7 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team, which has them ranked 283rd. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 238th in the nation. They average 33.6 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game, which ranks them 274th and 115th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 336th with 10.8 per game. The Wildcats allow 68.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 163rd in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 148th and 186th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.7 rebounds a game which ranks 269th and they give up 15.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 327th place in Division 1. They force 11.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 14th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Penn State is 35th in the country with 77.5 points per game this year. They are 123rd in Division 1 in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 9.9. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 172nd in the nation. They are 45th in the NCAA in rebounding with 38.9 boards per game, and 51st in assists per contest with 14.8. The Nittany Lions are 308th in turnovers per game with 11.7. The Nittany Lions surrender 67.6 points per contest, which ranks them 131st in D-1. Their defense allows a 40% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 41st and 149th in those defensive statistics. They rank 131st with 11.9 assists allowed per contest and 285th with 37.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Nittany Lions are 216th in country in forcing turnovers with 14.0 per game.
The Wildcats are 263rd in the nation in offensive rating with 97.5. In terms of pace they are 317th in the country with 66.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 47% is 297th. As a team they are 294th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 234th in Division 1. Northwestern is 313th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions.
Penn State is 331st in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions. The Nittany Lions have an offensive rating of 107.4, which is ranked 59th. They are 56th in D-1 in pace with 72.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 113th. As a unit they are 131st in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 135th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Northwestern/Penn State college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Penn State -14
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