The battle between the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-1) and the Syracuse Orange (4-2) will be played at Barclays Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 29, 2019.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Syracuse Orange Odds Preview
The Nittany Lions lost a close one to the Ole Miss Rebels in their last matchup, 74-72. Penn State’s Mike Watkins had 18 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks in the contest. Ole Miss held the Nittany Lions to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.2 (below their season average of 32.5). Penn State, on the other hand, did an excellent job of making free throws (15-18; 83.3 percent).
In the Orange’s last game, they were beaten by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 86-72. Elijah Hughes was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Oklahoma State had an effective field goal percentage of 0.573 (above their season average of 0.477). Syracuse, meanwhile, forced the Cowboys into a turnover percentage of 22.9 (above their season average of 15.0).
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Syracuse should have a substantial advantage. Dating back to last season, the Orange defense ranks 46th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.473), while the Penn State offense ranks 288th in effective field goal percentage (0.484).
Penn State vs. Syracuse Odds Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Syracuse, ATS Winner – Syracuse, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Nittany Lions rank 81st in rebounds per game (37.2) while the Orange rank 240th in rebounds allowed per game (36.5).
Syracuse ranks 21st in blocked shots (4.8 per game) while Penn State ranks 137th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
Penn State ranks 11th in three pointers allowed per game (18.5) while Syracuse ranks 310th (26.6).
The Nittany Lions rank 83rd in assists allowed per game (12.0) while the Orange rank 266th (14.7).
Penn State ranks 26th in steals per game (8.1) while Syracuse ranks 197th in steals allowed per game (6.6).