The Penn State Nittany Lions hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the North Carolina State Wolfpack pay a visit to Coliseo do Puerto Rico on the college basketball betting menu.
The game is part of the annual Puerto Rico Tip Off Tournament and pits the Lions against the team picked to wqin the ACC this season.
The Nittany Lions are 1-0 so far on the season, and 0-0 ATS vs. the number. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, ranked No. 6 in the country, are 1-0 and 1-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Penn State go 0-0 and the Wolfpack go 1-0 on the totals.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Penn State Nittany Lions as 12.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Nittany Lions - Wolfpack odds would favor the Wolfpack if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Penn State is rated No. 256 in the current Odds Shark poll, while North Carolina State is at No. 33. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 108-77 win for the Wolfpack.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Penn State has the nation's No. 233-rated offensive output, at 65 PPG. The visiting Wolfpack defense ranks No. 105 allowing on average 59 PPG. The Nittany Lions FG% has averaged 36.2% so far, less than the Wolfpack marksmen have achieved on the year, 61.4% per game.
Defensively, North Carolina State features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 226 nationally in scoring at home.
North Carolina State won its last outing, a 97-59 result against Miami (Ohio) on November 9. They covered in that game as a 20-point favorite. The battle between the Wolfpack and RedHawks didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Miami (Ohio) was handed a 97-59 defeat on Friday at PNC Arena.
Penn State was a 65-58 winner in its last match at home against St. Francis PA. The Nittany Lions grabbed a 65-58 win over the Red Flash on Friday, behind a 23-point effort from Tim Frazier at Bryce Jordan Center.
North Carolina State Wolfpack Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing UNC Asheville are 4-0
After a win are 6-4
Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Bucknell are 4-6
After playing St. Francis PA are 4-0
After a win are 3-7
A few Wolfpack at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Penn State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
North Carolina State home to UNC Asheville, Friday, November 23
Penn State home to Bucknell, Friday, November 23