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NCAA hoops odds preview - Princeton vs. Penn State

Princeton TigersPenn State Nittany Lions
7-1December 14, 2013, 02:00 | Bryce Jordan Center8-3

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Bryce Jordan Center Saturday as host Penn State looks to handle the Princeton Tigers in NCAA hoops action.

The Nittany Lions are 8-3 so far on the season, and 8-0 ATS vs. the number. The Tigers, meanwhile, are 7-1 and 3-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Penn State go 6-2 and the Tigers go 2-2 on the totals.

View Princeton Tigers vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds and Stats.

The Tigers were listed as 5.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Nittany Lions sit at No. 54 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Tigers sit at No. 44 on the same chart.

Princeton was a 78-73 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Rutgers. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Princeton earned a 78-73 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday, getting 23 points from T.J. Bray at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

In their last action, Penn State was a 68-59 winner on the road against Duquesne. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. The Nittany Lions got 15 points from Allen Roberts as Penn State ran past Duquesne 68-59 on Wednesday at Consol Energy Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Penn State's No. 48-ranked offense, averaging 80.45 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 28 at 62.88 PPG. The Nittany Lions field goal percentage has averaged 46.95% so far, more than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.63% per game.

A few Tigers at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Princeton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Princeton is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Penn State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Penn State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games
Penn State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Princeton home to Pacific, Friday, December 20th
Penn State at Mount St. Mary's, Sunday, December 22nd