Penn State vs Northwestern Predictions, College Basketball Parlay Picks 3/7/2020
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Northwestern +6.5
The Penn State Nittany Lions head to Welsh-Ryan Arena to take on the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The opening line for this game has Penn State as 6.5 point favorites.
Penn State heads into this matchup with a mark of 21-9. They currently have a point differential of 7.5 as they are averaging 75.3 points per contest while giving up 67.8 per game. Northwestern has an overall record of 7-22. They are averaging 64.7 points per game and surrendering 70.0, good for a point differential of -5.3.
Valuable Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 16-13-1 against the spread this season
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 15-15-0 against the over/under this year
Important Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends
The Northwestern Wildcats are 11-16-1 against the spread this season
The Northwestern Wildcats are 14-13-1 against the over/under this year
Key Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Northwestern Wildcats Injuries
01/06/20 G Anthony Gaines Shoulder is out for season
Myreon Jones averages 13.8 points per contest in 29.1 minutes per game this year. He averages 2.9 assists per game and 2.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% for the season while his free throw percentage is 78%. Lamar Stevens comes into this game averaging 17.6 points per contest while playing 30.8 minutes per night. He grabs 6.9 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.2 assists per game. His FG percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is 72%.
Pat Spencer averages 10.5 points per game and he sees the court an average of 29.3 minutes per game. He also hauls in 3.9 rebounds per game and dishes 3.9 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 81%. Miller Kopp scores 13.0 points per contest while playing 32.2 minutes per game. He hauls in 3.6 rebounds per contest and has 1.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 89%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Nittany Lions allow 67.8 points per contest which is 134th in the country. They also surrender a 41% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 65th and 118th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 37.5 rebounds a game which ranks 297th, and they allow 11.9 assists per game which puts them in 115th place in D-1. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 182nd in Division 1. Penn State averages 75.3 points per contest, which is 70th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 7.5 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a unit, which has them ranked 189th. From 3-point territory they shoot 33%, which is good for 203rd in the nation. They average 38.7 boards per contest and 14.4 assists per game, which ranks them 39th and 80th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 316th with 11.3 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Wildcats give up 70.0 points per game, which ranks them 192nd in the nation. Their defense surrenders a 42% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 146th and 227th in those defensive statistics. They rank 335th with 15.7 dimes allowed per game and 306th with 38.0 boards surrendered per contest. The Wildcats are 16th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 11.0 per contest. Northwestern is 319th in the country with 64.7 points per contest this season. They are 289th in D-1 in shooting at 42%, while their average scoring margin is -5.3. They shoot 31% from beyond the arc, which is good for 305th in the country. They are 272nd in the nation in rebounding with 33.6 boards per contest and 133rd in assists per game with 13.6. The Wildcats are 339th in turnovers per contest with 10.6.
The Nittany Lions are 93rd in the nation in offensive rating with 105.4. In terms of pace they are 71st in the country with 71.4 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 178th. As a team they are 198th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shots, ranking 130th in Division 1. Penn State is 337th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions.
Northwestern is 326th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.1 times per 100 possessions. The Wildcats have an offensive rating of 96.2, which is ranked 294th. They are 296th in D-1 in pace with 66.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 47% is 315th. As a unit they are 319th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 50% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 263rd in the country.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Penn State -6.5 and over 139.5 total points
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