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Penn State Hoops Opens As Three-Point Underdog Against Texas A&M

For many, March Madness is the busiest sports betting time of the calendar year. But for the first time in 12 years, Penn State fans will have the ability to sprinkle some cash on their squad in the NCAA Tournament.

The 10th-seeded Nittany Lions opened as a three-point underdog to seventh-seeded Texas A&M ahead of Thursday night’s first-round tournament matchup in Des Moines, Iowa, according to Caesars Sportsbook. While both teams rode late-season momentum into the Big Ten and SEC Tournaments, respectively, the two units fell to a pair of No. 1 seeds in Purdue and Alabama to conclude the stretch leading into the Big Dance.

Additionally, the over/under is set at 134.5 points, which is just over 10 points less than the combined 145.8 points per matchup posted by the two groups throughout the campaign’s onset.

Through 35 games, the Nittany Lions have covered the spread 20 times, including the seven-point underdog mark previously set in the Big Ten Tournament Championship against No. 1-seeded Purdue. Penn State has hit the over in 20 contests, too. In matchups where Micah Shrewsberry’s group has entered as at least a three-point underdog, his squad boasts a 7-4 record against the spread.

The showdown will begin at 9:55 p.m. on March 16 at Wells Fargo Arena and will be broadcast on TBS.

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double majoring in journalism and business. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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