Quinnipiac vs Penn State Prediction, Odds & Picks for Dec. 22 (Nittany Lions Pounce All Over Bobcats)

Devon Platana
Quinnipiac vs Penn State prediction, picks, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Quinnipiac vs Penn State prediction, picks, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Julio Cortez
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Quinnipiac vs Penn State Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Quinnipiac Bobcats (9-3, 4-1 Away) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-3, 5-1 Home)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Bryce Jordan Center — University Park, PA
Coverage: Big Ten Network

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Thursday, Dec. 22, including a showdown between the Quinnipiac Bobcats and Penn State Nittany Lions at 4:30 p.m. ET.

After a 7-0 start to the season, Quinnipiac has lost three of its last five games — most recently a 63-56 loss to Saint Peter's on Sunday. Meanwhile, Penn State was also in action that day, picking up a massive 97-67 win over Canisius in what was a well-rounded effort by the Nittany Lions.

Can Quinnipiac pick up the monumental upset? Or does Penn State have another impressive performance in store for the Bryce Jordan Center faithful?

Quinnipiac vs Penn State Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: QUIN: (+810) | PSU: (-1450)
Spread: QUIN:+14.5 (-104) | PSU: -14.5 (-118)
Total: 140.5 - Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Penn State enters this contest as the heavy favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 4:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 140.5 points, which is about average compared to Thursday's projected totals.

Best College Basketball Picks - Quinnipiac vs Penn State

It's going to be hard for Quinnipiac to compete tonight if its offense is still non-existent. The Bobcats are averaging just 66.8 points in their last four games and just shot 31.4% from the field in their last outing. Furthermore, their 14.1 turnovers per game (T-No. 26) highlight sloppy play and the inability to hold onto the ball.

On the other hand, Penn State hasn't had any issues scoring, operating at an 80.8 PPG clip in its last four games. The Nittany Lions have also held opponents to just 64.3 PPG at Bryce Jordan Center, where they also own a plus-15.0 scoring margin.

With Penn State also being 12-3 straight up in its last 15 games against MAAC schools, I just don't see Quinnipiac pulling off an upset tonight. Back the Nittany Lions to show exactly why the Bobcats are no match for Big Ten competition.

Final Score Prediction: Penn State: 83 | Quinnipiac: 66

Quinnipiac vs Penn State Betting Trends

- Quinnipiac is 6-2 straight up in its last eight games played in December.
- Penn State is 13-3 against the spread (ATS) in its last 16 games.
- The total has hit the over in four of Quinnipiac's last five games on Thursday.
- The total has hit the over in six of Penn State's last nine games in December.

Quinnipiac vs Penn State Picks

Penn State has more than enough talent to cover the 14.5-point spread tonight. For starters, Quinnipiac is just 1-4 ATS on the road this year, whereas Penn State is 4-2 ATS in its own building. The Nittany Lions have also covered the spread in 13 of their last 16 games dating back to last season, as well as in each of their last five Thursday games.

Penn State is the much better program and if the Nittany Lions can hit their shots early on, Quinnipiac won't be in this one for long.

Bet: Penn State -14.5 (-118)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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