Looking to win big? The Nittany Lions and Scarlet Knights face off at 8:30 ET on BTN. The Scarlet Knights are hosting the game at Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, NJ. The over/under for this game is set at 143.5 points, and Rutgers is favored by -7 vs. Penn State in a Big Ten conference matchup.
PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS VS RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -7
This game will be played at Jersey Mike’s Arena at 8:30 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.
WHY BET THE RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Scarlet Knights.
- Not only will Rutgers pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -7.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Is a Road Win Possible for the Nittany Lions?
As Penn State heads into tonight’s game against Rutgers, the Nittany Lions have lost two straight games and have a 9-11 record overall. So far, they have gone 3-6 in Big Ten play and 6-5 in non-conference action.
On the road this season, Penn State has yet to win a game, going 0-7. Their average margin of defeat in road games is -14.3 points per game, and they have lost their last seven road games.
As the underdog, Penn State has gone 5-5 vs. the spread this season. On the road, their ATS record is just 2-5 and over their last 10 road games, the Nittany Lions are 4-5-1 vs. the spread. In their last three games as the underdog, Penn State is 2-1 vs. the spread.
Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Penn State’s games this season (145). So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.
The Penn State offense is coming off a game where they scored 74 points against Minnesota. They posted a field goal percentage of 45.2% and connected on 5 threes. The team’s top scorer is Kanye Clary, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 18.4, while Adrian Baldwin Jr also carries a PPG average of 13.2 into the game.
So far, the Nittany Lions’ defense is ranked 229th in the country at 74.8 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.2 threes per game vs. Rutgers. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.2%.
Do the Scarlet Knights Stand a Chance at Home?
At home this season, Rutgers has gone 9-4, and they are 7-3 in their last 10 games at home. On the season, the Scarlet Knights are 10-9 overall, and they have gone 2-6 in Big Ten play. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +7.0.
Coming into this game, Rutgers has lost two straight, and they are 1-7 this season when they are the underdog. Overall, they have been favored in 11 games, and their record in those games is 9-2. In their last game, they lost to Purdue by a score of 68-60.
As the favorite this season, Rutgers has a 6-5 record vs. the spread. In their last three games as the favorite, the Scarlet Knights have gone 2-1 ATS. At home, Rutgers has an ATS mark of 7-6 this year and they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread in their last three home games.
So far this season, the over/under record for Rutgers games is 6-13. On average, their games have finished with 134.5 points, which is 3.6 points below their average over/under line of 138.1. Today’s over/under line is set at 143.5. This year, 13 of their games have finished with more points than that. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 148 points.
Against Purdue, the Rutgers had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 67.9 points per game. They scored 60 points and posted a field goal percentage of 37.5% in the game. Aundre Hyatt led the scoring for the Scarlet Knights, contributing 15 points. Additionally, Clifford Omoruyi chipped in with 13 points.
Coming into today’s game, the Rutgers defense is giving up an average of 66.6 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.3 threes per game vs. Penn State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.1%.