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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Monmouth Hawks in college hoops odds

Monmouth HawksPenn State Nittany Lions
1-3November 26, 2013, 06:00 | Bryce Jordan Center4-1

A key college battle sees the visiting Monmouth Hawks travelling to Penn State Tuesday to take on the Nittany Lions.

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

View Monmouth Hawks vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 17.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 193-rated Nittany Lions and the No. 301-ranked Hawks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Monmouth was a 64-54 loser on the road against St. John's. They covered the 20-point spread as underdogs. Justin Robinson scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Hawks to a win (they lost 64-54 to St. John's at Carnesecca Arena on Friday).

Penn State was a 93-67 winner in their most recent outing at home against Longwood. Penn State cruised to victory on Sunday, running Longwood out of the gym and running up a 93-67 score at Bryce Jordan Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Penn State's No. 55-ranked offense, averaging 81.8 PPG, against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 213 at 77.25 PPG. The Nittany Lions field goal percentage has averaged 48.58% so far, more than the Hawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 37.94% per game.

Next up:
Monmouth home to Miss Valley State, Friday, November 29th
Penn State at St. John's, Friday, November 29th