Against the Spread Pick
Rutgers is a very nice story this season, but part of that story has been how this is a very different team on the road. It looks like they are tracking to the NCAAs but a win on the road, especially against a quality opponent, would really help them out. They have only one road win this season but this team has talent. This one is going to be another hard-fought battle. Rutgers is one of the best defensive teams in the nation. Penn State is right in the middle of a log jam for second place in the Big Ten. There are five teams tied at 10-6 and this is a critical game to stay in that mix. Like so many conference teams the Nittany Lions are really tough to beat at home this season. They need this one to stop a two-game losing streak but they went a month without losing so at this point they are in. Lamar Stevens should get some votes for conference player of the year and he is one of the most productive players in the country. Buying opportunity on Penn State.
Over Under Pick
Even though Rutgers is super stingy they are pretty much even in terms of totals this season, 14-13 o/u. They are on the plus side on the road at 5-3 o/u but their offense really shrivels up on the road. Penn State plays more unders at home as their defense becomes elite, just 62ppg allowed. This looks like a rough and tumble affair with only late free throws potentially gumming it up. Take the under.