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#811 Rutgers 137.5 vs.
#812 Penn State -5
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
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Rutgers Scarlett Knights vs Penn State Nittany Lions

Where: Bryce Jordan Hall

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7:00 pm ET

We have a Big Ten matchup to consider for Wednesday evening when the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet the Penn State Nittany Lions for an evening of Big Ten college basketball. Rutgers enters this matchup looking to end a two-game losing streak and Penn State is also mired in a two-game losing streak they would like to end when they host Rutgers.

Rutgers Two Game Losing Streak

Rutgers is 18-10 overall with a 9-8 record in conference play this season. The Scarlet Knights have won two of its last five games and Wednesday marks game two of a two-game road trip. Rutgers is 1-7 this season on the road and sits in eighth place in the Big Ten and 3.5 games behind conference leader Maryland.

The Scarlet Knights score an average of 69.8 points while allowing 62.2 points per game. Rutgers is shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 30.1 percent from downtown and 65.2 percent from the charity stripe this season.

Rutgers has three players scoring in double figures and are led by sophomore guard Ron Harper Jr. The sophomore guard is scoring 12.2 points with 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Harper is shooting 32.7 percent from long range and scored 21 points with nine rebounds in the Scarlett Knights road loss to Wisconsin.

Penn State Two Game Losing Streak

Penn State is 10-6 in conference play with an overall record of 20-7 this season. The Nittany Lions are 13-2 this season at home and have won three of its last five games. Wednesday marks game one of a one-game homestand and the Nittany Lions are in a five-way tie for second place in the conference standings and two-game behind Maryland.

The Nittany Lions score an average of 76.1 points per game and allow 67.2 points per game this season. Penn State makes 44.2 percent of its field goal attempts, 32.8 percent of its triple tries with a 69.1 percent free-throw shooting percentage.

Penn State has two players scoring in double figures and is led by senior forward Lamar Stevens The senior forward scores an average of 18 points with 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season. Stevens drains 26.6 percent of his triple tries and scored 29 points with six caroms in the Nittany Lions road loss to Indiana.

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I will take Penn State in this contest. The Nittany Lions have suffered a pair of close losses and they will be more than ready to take on the Scarlett Knights. Penn State is the better shooting team with far more experience than Rutgers. The Nittany Lions still have a shot at a Big Ten title and I will go with Penn State in this contest. 

Prediction: Penn State

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I will be taking the UNDER in this contest. The under is 7-3 over their past ten previous meetings and 4-1 over their last five contests. We have two top 20 defenses playing in this game and Rutgers is nineteenth in points allowed so it’s going to be a defensive slog of a game. Penn State is an above-average tempo team while Rutgers plays below average and I just don’t see enough possessions for this game to exceed the total. I will play UNDER in this contest.

Prediction: Under

Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.