Sunday, March 6, 2016
Bryce Jordan Center
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The Illinois Fighting Illini travel to Bryce Jordan Center to play the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday, March 6, 2016. The opening line for this game has Penn State as 2.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 135.
The Fighting Illini come into this game with an overall record of 13-17 and a road record of 2-7. They are 14-13 against the spread and their over/under record is 13-14. The Nittany Lions have an overall record of 15-15 and a home record of 10-4. They have an over/under record of 14-15 and they are 13-15 against the spread.
Malcolm Hill comes into this contest averaging 18 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Fighting Illini. He pulls down 6.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Kendrick Nunn averages 15.9 points per game in 35 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.6 assists per contest and 5 rebounds per game for Illinois. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Brandon Taylor averages 16.2 points per game while playing 31.6 minutes per contest this year for the Nittany Lions. He grabs 6.4 rebounds per game and has 1.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 72%. Shep Garner averages 14.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.1 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 37% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
Illinois averages 72.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 184th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is -2.9 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 214th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 114th in the country. They average 31.5 rebounds per game and 13.5 assists per game which ranks them 328th and 149th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 20th with 10.4 per game. The Fighting Illini allow 75 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 247th in the nation. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 297th and 323rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 37.3 rebounds a game which ranks 259th and they give up 14.7 assists per contest which puts them in 273rd place in the country. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 102nd in the Division 1.
Penn State averages 64.9 points per game this year which ranks them 321st in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is -4.1 and their shooting percentage is 40% as a team which has them sitting in the 310th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 314th in the nation. They average 34.7 rebounds per game and 10 assists per contest which ranks them 239th and 343rd respectively. In the turnover department the Nittany Lions rank 48th with 11.3 per game. The Nittany Lions allow 69 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 96th in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 103rd and 288th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 35.7 rebounds a game which ranks 172nd and they give up 12.2 assists per contest which puts them in 108th place in the nation. The Nittany Lions force 11.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 254th in college basketball.
The Fighting Illini average 71.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 62 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -13.3 per contest. The Fighting Illini have an offensive rating of 102.4 and they assist on 53.8% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 69 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 39% of their shots. Illinois turns the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7.9% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 45.8% while their offensive rebound percentage is 21.5%. The Fighting Illini give up 76.1 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 75.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Nittany Lions score 68.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 58 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -13.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 1.1 points per game. The Nittany Lions have a rating on offense of 98.1 and 44.3% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 66.1 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 46%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 50% and they attempt 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Penn State turns it over an average of 14.9 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 7.7% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 49.3% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 29.2%. The Nittany Lions give up 67.3 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 71.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 14-13 against the spread
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 13-14 against the over/under
Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 13-15 against the spread
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 14-15 against the over/under
Illinois Fighting Illini Injuries
12/20/15 F Leron Black Knee out for season
11/14/15 G Tracy Abrams Achilles out for season
02/12/16 F Mike Thorne Jr. Knee out for season
Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
No key injuries to report
Tony's Pick: Take Illinois
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