Temple vs. Penn State Pick
Can Penn State manage to cover a lofty spread when the Nittany Lions play host to Temple in the NIT Tournament on Wednesday?
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
TV: ESPNU, 8PM ET
Who Oddsmakers Like: Penn State. According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Penn State is the clear favorite in this game, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -9.5 points against Temple. The spread opened with Penn State as a 10-point favorite. The over/under total sits at 144.5 points, where it opened. It briefly jumped to 145 points.
Who Public Bettors Like: Temple. As of early Wednesday morning, the Owls are getting 63 percent of the wagers on this game against Penn State.
Who We Like: The Nittany Lions come in banged up, with Mike Watkins out with a knee injury. Watkins averaged 12.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this season. That’s a big loss for Penn State, especially when it needs to cover 9.5 points against a respectable Temple squad. The Owls have managed six covers on the road this season and I expect them to be able to keep this game competitive. Penn State hasn’t played in nearly two weeks, which should leave them a little rusty to start. I think Temple can jump out to an early lead and use that to cover the spread down the stretch.
NIT TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: TEMPLE +9.5