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NCAAB Game Preview - Nittany Lions underdogs vs Wildcats at Penn State

Kentucky WildcatsPenn State Nittany Lions
Nov 19, 12:00 PM | Mohegan Sun Arena

Kentucky Wildcats vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds

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Kentucky travels to Penn State on Saturday, hoping to boost its 2-0 record with a victory over the Nittany Lions.

The game is being played at Mohegan Sun Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Wildcats will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 2-0 ATS against the number this season, while the Nittany Lions are 0-0 ATS. Kentucky is 1-1 on the totals; Penn State is 0-0.

View Kentucky vs Penn State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Wildcats are listed as 18-point favorites at many online sportsbooks.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 214-ranked Nittany Lions and the No. 4-rated Wildcats in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 100-83 win for the Wildcats on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Penn State's No. 178 nationally ranked offense (69.7 points per game) against a Wildcats defense that sits as the No. 100 at 61.5 PPG. The Nittany Lions have been averaging 40.7% from the field, less than the Wildcats have managed so far this season (57.1% on average).

Defensively, Kentucky features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 202 nationally in scoring at home.

Kentucky was a 75-65 winner in its last match at home against Kansas. They covered the 6–point spread as favorites. The Wildcats grabbed a 75-65 win over the Jayhawks on Tuesday, behind a 17-point effort from Doron Lamb at Rupp Arena.

Penn State was a 77-68 winner in its last match at home against Long Island. The Nittany Lions got a 26-point performance from Tim Frazier, who added 10 assists, as Penn State ran past Long Island 77-68 on Wednesday at Bryce Jordan Center.

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
After playing Kansas are 3-1
After a win are 9-1

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing Long Island are 0-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Wildcats at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Penn State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Kentucky home to Radford, Wednesday, November 23
Penn State home to Youngstown State, Wednesday, November 23

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