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Penn State vs Wisconsin Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds
Nittany Lions vs Badgers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Penn State Nittany Lions at Wisconsin Badgers
- Where: Madison at Kohl Center
- Date: Tuesday, January 17th
- Betting Odds: Penn State +2.5, PENNST +123 | WISC -151 O/U 129.5
Nittany Lions Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Wisconsin, the Penn State Nittany Lions will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 12-5. So far, the Nittany Lions have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 2-3. For the season, Penn State has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 1-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Nittany Lions being +2.5 point underdogs.
Jalen Pickett comes into today’s game as the Nittany Lions’ leading scorer at 17.59 points per contest. Not only has Pickett been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Penn State’s top rebounder at 7.41 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 14.44 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.1% of his shots and is adding 6.56 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.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Penn State, the Wisconsin Badgers will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 11-5. So far this season, Wisconsin has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-2. The Badgers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Wisconsin has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 8-1.
Wisconsin’s leading scorer this season is Chucky Hepburn, who is averaging 12.69 points per contest. So far, Hepburn has accounted for 18.99% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.5 rebounds per game and 3.31 assists. Steven Crowl is the second leading scorer for the Badgers, averaging 12.44 points per game. Between him and Crowl, they are accounting for 37.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Wisconsin this season, as they are currently ranked 219th in college basketball at 70.7 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 Badgers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.2%, placing them 410th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Wisconsin Badgers -2.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Wisconsin Badgers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2.5 point betting favorites. Although Wisconsin as a team is just 319th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Nittany Lions’ defense. In addition, the Badgers have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 7-3 (last 10). At -2.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Badgers to come out on top and cover.
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