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Penn State favored by 8.5 against Cornell on Wednesday

Cornell Big RedPenn State Nittany Lions
Dec 21, 7:30 PM | Bryce Jordan Center

Cornell Big Red vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds


The Nittany Lions will try to cover the spread at Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Cornell Big Red in college basketball action.

The Nittany Lions are 7-5 so far on the season, and 3-3-1 ATS vs. the number. The Big Red, meanwhile, are 4-5 and 2-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Penn State go 2-5 and the Big Red go 1-3 on the totals.

View Cornell vs Penn State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Nittany Lions as 8.5-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Nittany Lions, most recently No. 198 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Big Red, who rate No. 251 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 68-64 victory for the Nittany Lions.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Penn State's No. 272-ranked scoring average of 63.2 PPG, against a Big Red defense rated No. 252 and allowing 70.7 PPG. The Nittany Lions FG% has averaged 39.5% to date this season, less than the Big Red shooters have managed so far (41.7% per game).

Defensively, Cornell features the nation's No. 167-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.8 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 289 nationally in scoring at home.

Cornell was a 64-60 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Illinois. They covered the 16.5–point spread as underdogs. The Big Red endured a 64-60 loss at the hands of the Fighting Illini on Monday, despite a 14-point effort from Josh Figini at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Penn State was a 72-43 winner in their most recent outing at home against Mount St. Mary's. Penn State cruised to victory on Sunday, running Mount St. Mary's out of the gym and running up a 72-43 score at Bryce Jordan Center.

Cornell Big Red Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Stony Brook are 1-4
After a loss are 6-4

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Michigan are 5-5
After playing Mount St. Mary's are 1-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Big Red at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Cornell is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Penn State is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home
Penn State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Cornell at Stony Brook, Wednesday, December 28
Penn State at Michigan, Thursday, December 29