Check out our free Penn State vs Rutgers pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Piscataway. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Penn State vs Rutgers Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 24th Betting Odds
Nittany Lions vs Scarlet Knights Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Penn State Nittany Lions at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
- Where: Piscataway at Jersey Mike’s Arena
- Date: Tuesday, January 24th
- Betting Odds: Penn State +6, PENNST +212 | RUTGER -275 O/U 130.0
Nittany Lions Preview:
The Penn State Nittany Lions head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 13-6. On the road, the Nittany Lions will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 2-4. So far, the Nittany Lions have been the underdog 6 times, going 1-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6 underdogs on the spread.
Jalen Pickett comes into today’s game as the Nittany Lions’ leading scorer at 17.37 points per contest. Not only has Pickett been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Penn State’s top rebounder at 7.95 boards per contest. Behind Pickett, the team has benefited from the strong play of Seth Lundy, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.83 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.9% of his shots and is adding 6.0 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Penn State this season, as they are currently ranked 391st in college basketball at 64.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Nittany Lions’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 237th in the NCAA.
Scarlet Knights Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Penn State, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 13-6. So far this season, Rutgers has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 11-2. The Scarlet Knights’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6 points in their favor. For the season, Rutgers has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 11-3.
Rutgers will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Cam Spencer who is averaging 13.58 points per game for the Scarlet Knights. Spencer is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Scarlet Knights’ offensive game plan is the play of Clifford Omoruyi who has hit 48.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.16 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Rutgers this season, as they are currently ranked 302nd in college basketball at 67.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Scarlet Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 278th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Penn State Nittany Lions +6
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Rutgers as the favorites with a line coming in at -6. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Penn State Nittany Lions to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Rutgers at 6.06 made 3’s per game compared to Penn State at 8.03. Look for Penn State to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Scarlet Knights.
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