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Wisconsin favored by 19 against Penn State on Thursday

Penn State Nittany LionsWisconsin Badgers
Jan 3, 8:30 PM | Kohl Center

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds


Penn State travels to Wisconsin on Thursday, hoping to boost its 8-4 record with a victory over the Badgers.

The Nittany Lions will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 4-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Badgers are 4-7 ATS. Penn State is 4-3 on the totals; Wisconsin is 5-4.

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Betting Line:
Wisconsin opened as 19-point favorites 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.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 117 (Badgers) and the No. 215 (Nittany Lions) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 82-65 result in favor of the Badgers has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Nittany Lions is ranked No. 96 in NCAA hoops at 37.4 per game. Contrast that with Wisconsin’s No. 89 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Wisconsin is the No. 33-ranked team in the country at 8.2 per game, while Penn State rates No. 240 at 5.6 per game.

Defensively, Penn State features the nation's No. 115-rated defense on the road, allowing 67 points per game. Wisconsin, meanwhile, comes in at No. 86 nationally in scoring at home.

Penn State was an 84-74 winner in their most recent outing at home against Duquesne. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. Penn State got 23 points and 12 rebounds from D.J. Newbill en route to an 84-74 victory over Duquesne on Saturday at Bryce Jordan Center.

Wisconsin won its last outing, an 87-51 result against Samford on December 29. They covered in that game as a 28.5-point favorite. Wisconsin cruised to victory on Saturday, running Samford out of the gym and running up an 87-51 score at Kohl Center.

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Indiana are 3-7
After playing Duquesne are 2-0
After a win are 4-6

Wisconsin Badgers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Nebraska are 3-0
After a win are 5-5

A few Nittany Lions at Badgers trends to consider:
Penn State is 2-10-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Penn State is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Penn State is 1-15 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Wisconsin
Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Wisconsin is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Penn State
Wisconsin is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games when playing Penn State
Wisconsin is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Penn State home to Indiana, Monday, January 7
Wisconsin at Nebraska, Sunday, January 6