Pickin’ the Big Ten: Lowell at Penn State, Nov. 14, 2013

There’s a game tonight!

Massachusetts-Lowell at Penn State

This is actually a two-game series, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 p.m. in University Park. Because the series begins tonight, here is what Drew Claussen and I have for it. We’ll have full picks and our records Friday morning.

Drew: Penn State is on a two-game winning streak, but the Nittany Lions haven’t looked that impressive in their wins over Robert Morris and Sacred Heart. I don’t think the Nittany Lions’ defense is playing well enough right now to beat a good team. UMass-Lowell seems to have fully recovered from its shaky start and should throttle Penn State this weekend.

Paula: This is the first ranked opponent that the Nittany Lions are facing, and as Drew said, this should be a mighty big challenge. The teams have never met before. On Tuesday (Nov. 12), the River Hawks beat Princeton, 2-1; before that, Lowell lost to Northeastern, 4-2, last Saturday (Nov. 9).

Drew’s picks: UMass-Lowell 7-2, 6-3.
Paula’s picks: I don’t think that the games will be that lopsided, but I do think that the River Hawks will sweep. Lowell 4-2, 3-2.