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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Nittany Lions underdogs vs Boilermakers at Purdue

Penn State Nittany LionsPurdue Boilermakers
9-8January 18, 2014, 07:00 | Mackey Arena12-5

The visiting Penn State Nittany Lions hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Mackey Arena against the Purdue Boilermakers.

The Boilermakers sit at 12-5 (6-8 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Nittany Lions are currently 9-8 (8-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Purdue is 6-8 OU, and Penn State is 9-5 OU.

View Penn State Nittany Lions vs Purdue Boilermakers Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Purdue sat as -7-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Boilermakers - Nittany Lions odds would favor the Boilermakers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Purdue is rated No. 133 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Penn State is at No. 227.

Penn State was an 80-67 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Michigan. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as underdogs. Tim Frazier scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Nittany Lions to a win (they lost 80-67 to Michigan at Crisler Center on Tuesday).

In their last action, Purdue was a 66-58 winner on the road against Illinois. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Purdue earned a 66-58 victory over Illinois on Wednesday, getting 17 points from A.J. Hammons at State Farm Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Purdue's No. 67-ranked offense, averaging 76.65 PPG, against a Nittany Lions defense that ranks No. 204 at 74.06 PPG. The Boilermakers field goal percentage has averaged 44.73% so far, less than the Nittany Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.55% per game.

A few Nittany Lions at Boilermakers trends to consider:
Penn State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Penn State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Penn State's last 12 games
Penn State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Purdue is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
Purdue is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Purdue is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games when playing Penn State
Purdue is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Penn State

Next up:
Penn State home to Nebraska, Thursday, January 23rd
Purdue at Northwestern, Tuesday, January 21st