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Princeton vs Penn Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds
Tigers vs Quakers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Princeton Tigers at Penn Quakers
- Where: Philadelphia at The Palestra
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds: Princeton -1, PRNCE -118 | PENN -105 O/U 145.5
Princeton heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 12-5. On the road, the Tigers will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 5-3. So far, the Tigers have been favored 13 times, going 9-4 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Princeton as -1 point favorites.
Tosan Evbuomwan comes into today’s game as the Tigers’ leading scorer at 12.47 points per contest. Not only has Evbuomwan been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Princeton’s top rebounder at 6.18 boards per contest. Behind Evbuomwan, the team has benefited from the strong play of Ryan Langborg, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.41 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.2% of his shots and is adding 3.41 boards per game.
Through 17 games, Princeton has been playing well on offense, averaging 79.9 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Tigers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.8% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 10.97 made 3’s per contest.
The Penn Quakers head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 9-9. So far this season, Penn has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-3. For the season, Penn has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 2-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Quakers being +1 point underdogs.
Penn will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Dingle who is averaging 23.56 points per game for the Quakers. Dingle 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 Quakers’ offensive game plan is the play of Clark Slajchert who has hit 47.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.53 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Penn this season, as they are currently ranked 170th in college basketball at 72.0 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 Quakers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.5%, placing them 285th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Penn Quakers +1
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Princeton and Penn are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaging 10.97 and 8.07 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Penn Quakers to cover as +1 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Tigers’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Princeton. At +1 we like the chances of Penn covering the spread as underdogs.
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