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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Marshall Thundering Herd Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Marshall Thundering HerdPenn State Nittany Lions
4-4December 07, 2013, 04:00 | Bryce Jordan Center6-3

Marshall travels to Penn State on Saturday, hoping to boost its 4-4 record with a victory over the Nittany Lions.

This season, the Nittany Lions are 6-3 overall and 6-0 ATS, while the Thundering Herd are 4-4 and 3-1 ATS. As for the totals, Penn State boasts a 5-1 on the OU, and Marshall is 2-2.

View Marshall Thundering Herd vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Penn State in this one found them as -12-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Nittany Lions - Thundering Herd odds would favor the Nittany Lions if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Penn State is rated No. 104 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Marshall is at No. 191.

Marshall lost its last outing, a 69-67 result against Vanderbilt on December 5. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog. Marshall suffered a 69-67 loss against Vanderbilt on Thursday, getting 18 points from Kareem Canty in a losing effort at Memorial Gymnasium.

In their last action, Penn State was a 78-69 loser on the road against Pittsburgh. They covered the 13.5-point spread as underdogs. Tim Frazier went off for 27 points and added 4 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Pittsburgh handed Penn State a 78-69 defeat at Petersen Events Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Penn State's No. 49 nationally ranked offense (80.78 points per game) against a Thundering Herd defense that sits as the No. 232 at 78.38 PPG. The Nittany Lions have been averaging 47.25% from the field, less than the Thundering Herd have managed so far this season (48.46% on average).

A few Thundering Herd at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Marshall is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Marshall is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Penn State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Penn State is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
Penn State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Marshall home to West Virginia, Saturday, December 14th
Penn State at Duquesne, Wednesday, December 11th