Penn State vs. Rutgers - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State vs. Rutgers - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-10) at Penn State Nittany Lions (20-7)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)

The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -5.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-10, 9-8 CONF) and the Penn State Nittany Lions (20-7, 10-6 CONF) will meet on Wednesday, February 26th for a Big Ten conference matchup at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time. 

Rutgers is coming off a 79-71 road loss to Wisconsin in their last game. Rutgers has dropped back-to-back games, and have lost three of their last four as well. Rutgers sits at one game above .500 in conference play. Penn State is coming off a 68-60 road loss to Indiana in their last game. Penn State has now lost two in a row, and they are currently ranked #16 in the country. 

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Rutgers scores 69.8 points per game on 44.6 percent field goal shooting this season. Rutgers’ leading scorer is G Ron Harper Jr., who scores 12.2 points per game. The leading rebounder for Rutgers is C Myles Johnson, who earns 7.9 rebounds per game. Rutgers allows 62.2 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +7.6 scoring differential so far this season. Rutgers also earns 40.1 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 4.6 blocks, and 6.6 steals per game as a team. 

Penn State scores 76.1 points per game on 44.3 percent field goal shooting this season. Penn State’s leading scorer is F Lamar Stevens, who scores 18.0 points per game. The leading rebounder for Penn State is F Mike Watkins, who earns 7.8 rebounds per game. Penn State allows 67.2 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +8.9 point differential so far this season. Penn State also earns 38.7 rebounds, 14.4 assists, 5.0 blocks, and 7.9 steals per game as a team. 

Rutgers is 16-10-1 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread this season. Rutgers is also 5-3 against the spread on the road so far this season. Penn State is 15-10-2 against the spread this season and 7-2-1 against the spread in their last ten games. Penn State is also 9-5-1 against the spread at home so far this season.

I like Penn State to bounce back in this game, as they had a disappointing result in Indiana. I still believe in this Penn State team as one the best in the Big Ten and the country, and I see them earning a complete win against Rutgers in this one. 

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