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Penn State Nittany Lions visit Northwestern Wildcats in college basketball clash

Penn State Nittany LionsNorthwestern Wildcats
14-15March 06, 2014, 07:00 | Welsh-Ryan Arena12-17

Northwestern looks to cover the Wildcats-Nittany Lions pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 12-17 mark when they host Penn State in college basketball wagering action.

Supporters of the Nittany Lions have watched them go 14-15 and 14-12 ATS on the year, while the Wildcats are at 12-17 and 10-18 ATS. In totals betting, the Wildcats are 8-20, while the Nittany Lions have a 15-11 mark.

View Penn State Nittany Lions vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Northwestern opened as 0-point in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Wildcats sit at No. 280 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Nittany Lions sit at No. 216 on the same chart.

Last time out for Penn State, they were a 71-66 loser as they battled Wisconsin at home. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. Penn State got 23 points from D.J. Newbill but lost anyway, 71-66, to Wisconsin on Sunday at Bryce Jordan Center.

Northwestern was a 54-47 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Nebraska. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats endured a 54-47 loss at the hands of the Cornhuskers on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from Alex Olah at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northwestern's No. 253-ranked offense, averaging 60 PPG, against a Nittany Lions defense that ranks No. 184 at 72.17 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 39.63% so far, less than the Nittany Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.56% per game.

Next up:
Penn State at Minnesota, Sunday, March 9th
Northwestern at Purdue, Sunday, March 9th