Saturday, January 28, 2017
Bryce Jordan Center
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The Illinois Fighting Illini head to Bryce Jordan Center to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The opening line for this game has Penn State as 2 point favorites.
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The Fighting Illini come into this game with an overall record of 13-8 and a road record of 0-4. They are 8-10 against the spread and their over/under record is 9-10. The Nittany Lions have an overall record of 11-10 and a home record of 7-4. They have an over/under record of 7-11 and they are 11-7 against the spread.
Malcolm Hill comes into this contest averaging 17.4 points per game while playing 32.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Fighting Illini. He pulls down 5.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 80%. Maverick Morgan averages 10.2 points per game in 22.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 0.8 assists per contest and 4 rebounds per game for Illinois. His field goal percentage is 59% for the year while his free throw percentage is 69%.
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Shep Garner averages 12.1 points per game while playing 32 minutes per contest this year for the Nittany Lions. He grabs 2.5 rebounds per game and has 2.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage currently is at 78%. Payton Banks averages 11.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 25.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.2 rebounds per contest and 1.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Illinois averages 74.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 143rd in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 1.6 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 85th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 139th in the country. They average 35.1 rebounds per game and 12.7 assists per game which ranks them 199th and 216th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 172nd with 13.3 per game. The Fighting Illini allow 72.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 173rd in the nation. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 222nd and 153rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 32.3 rebounds a game which ranks 34th and they give up 12.4 assists per contest which puts them in 107th place in the country. They force 12.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 248th in Division 1.
Penn State averages 71 points per game this year which ranks them 218th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 0.7 and their shooting percentage is 41% as a team which has them sitting in the 298th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 173rd in the nation. They average 36.5 rebounds per game and 14 assists per contest which ranks them 143rd and 121st respectively. In the turnover department the Nittany Lions rank 202nd with 13.7 per game. The Nittany Lions allow 70.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 116th in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 90th and 179th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 38.1 rebounds a game which ranks 289th and they give up 12.5 assists per contest which puts them in 111th place in the nation. The Nittany Lions force 15.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 38th in college basketball.
The Fighting Illini average 66.2 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 67 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -9.7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -6.7 per contest. The Fighting Illini have an offensive rating of 107.2 and they assist on 49.8% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 70.4 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 53%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 34% of their shots. Illinois turns the ball over an average of 16.2 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 6.9% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 52.3% while their offensive rebound percentage is 30.1%. The Fighting Illini give up 75.9 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 73.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Nittany Lions score 75 ppg at home and they have averaged 60.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of -18.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 5.8 points per game. The Nittany Lions have a rating on offense of 97.7 and 57.2% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 72.6 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 47%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 51% and they attempt 3 pointers on 34% of their shots. Penn State turns it over an average of 16.6 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 9.5% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 48.9% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 28.1%. The Nittany Lions give up 69.2 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 79 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 8-10 against the spread
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 9-10 against the over/under
Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 11-7 against the spread
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 7-11 against the over/under
Illinois Fighting Illini Injuries
01/12/17 G D.J. Williams Personal out indefinitely
Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
No key injuries to report
Tony's Pick: Take Penn State -2
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