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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Wildcats underdogs vs Nittany Lions at Penn State

New Hampshire WildcatsPenn State Nittany Lions
Dec 23, 11:00 AM | Bryce Jordan Center

New Hampshire Wildcats vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds


Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for New Hampshire when they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday in college hoops betting action.

Supporters of the Wildcats have watched them go 4-6 and 0-0 ATS on the year, while the Nittany Lions are at 6-4 and 2-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Nittany Lions are 3-2, while the Wildcats have a 0-0 mark.

View New Hampshire vs Penn State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Nittany Lions installed as 6-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Nittany Lions, most recently No. 285 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wildcats, who rate No. 91 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 69-61 victory for the Wildcats.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Penn State has the nation's No. 280-rated offensive output, at 62.9 PPG. The visiting Wildcats defense ranks No. 112 allowing on average 62.9 PPG. The Nittany Lions FG% has averaged 40% so far, less than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.3% per game.

Defensively, New Hampshire features the nation's No. 77-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.2 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 293 nationally in scoring at home.

New Hampshire was a 61-59 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Boston College. New Hampshire suffered a 61-59 loss against Boston College on Sunday, getting 21 points from Ferg Myrick in a losing effort at Conte Forum.

Penn State won its last outing, an 80-76 result against Delaware State on December 15. D.J. Newbill scored 22 points leading the Nittany Lions to an 80-76 victory over Delaware State at Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday.

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Duquesne are 0-2
After a win are 2-8

A few Wildcats at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Penn State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Penn State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
New Hampshire at Colgate, Sunday, December 30
Penn State home to Duquesne, Saturday, December 29