Penn State Nittany Lions vs Indiana Hoosiers Prediction, 12/30/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Indiana Hoosiers
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Penn State (+5)
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is the venue where and the Indiana Hoosiers (5-4) will play the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-3) on Wednesday. Penn State opens this contest as 5-point dogs. The total is set at 138.
Penn State will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 3-3 so far this year. The Nittany Lions are hitting 36.6% on three-point shots (59 of 161) and 72.0% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 77.3 points per game (102nd in the country) while connecting on 44.0% from the field. They are giving up possession 11.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 20.5 personal fouls every game. As a team, Penn State is snagging 34.5 boards per game and has tallied 87 dimes for the year, which is 199th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Nittany Lions are able to force 15.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 15.8 fouls. They are relinquishing 31.6% on 3-pointers while they are 256th in the country in points per game allowed (74.5). The Nittany Lions defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 46.7% (155 of 332) and they surrender 36.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They are ranked 141st in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 81 relinquished for the season.
The Penn State Nittany Lions stepped onto the hardwood against the Illinois Fighting Illini and ended up losing by a score of 98-81 in their last contest. Penn State walked away from the game with a 53.8% FG percentage (35 of 65) and converted 7 out of their 23 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Nittany Lions made 4 of 7 shots for a percentage of 57.1%. With regard to rebounding, they compiled 25 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 15 assists for the contest while having 6 steals and 5 blocked shots. In relation to defense, Penn State let their opponent shoot 53.8% from the field on 35 out of 65 shooting. Illinois recorded 20 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the Fighting Illini snagged 33 rebounds (12 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Illinois finished shooting 82.1% from the free throw line by making 23 of their 28 attempts. They buried 5 of their 16 tries from beyond the arc.
Izaiah Brockington is one guy who played a role for the contest. He ended up with 21 points on 10 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 mins and collected 3 boards. Brockington finished shooting 66.7% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this contest for the Nittany Lions was Myreon Jones. He pulled down 3 boards and also totaled 3 dimes. He finished 52.9% from the floor for this game by going 9-of-17 (21 points). When the game finished, Jones was on the court for 31 minutes.
Indiana has a mark of 5-4 this season. The Hoosiers are committing 16.9 fouls per game while shooting 66.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.4 times per contest (128th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 12.9 times per contest. Indiana has totaled 640 points for the year (71.1 per game) and they pull down 35.2 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Hoosiers are shooting 45.5% from the floor, which ranks 152nd in college hoops. The Hoosiers defensively are ranked 59th in Division 1 in points given up per game with 63.3. They are forcing 14.2 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 39.8% from the floor (80th in college hoops). The Indiana defense gives up 29.3% from downtown (55 of 188) and opponents are connecting on 66.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 10.6 assists and 35.3 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 50th and 171st in those categories on the defensive end.
For their last game, the Indiana Hoosiers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 69-60 when they faced the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Hoosiers snagged 24 defensive rebounds and 2 offensive boards for a total of 26 for the matchup. They rejected 4 tries while getting 6 steals for this contest. The Fighting Illini had 9 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Hoosiers to the free throw line for a total of 9 attempts. They were able to knock down 7 of those for a clip of 77.8%. When it comes to 3-point shots, Indiana converted 7 out of 18 tries (38.9%). When the game finished, the Hoosiers finished 23 out of 58 from the field which gave them a rate of 39.7%. The Hoosiers permitted the Fighting Illini to bury 24 of their 54 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.4% in the game. They finished 35.0% from three-point range by going 7 of 20 and ended up going 14 out of 18 from the charity stripe (77.8%). In reference to attacking the glass, Indiana allowed Illinois to snag 38 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Armaan Franklin ended up having an impact for the Hoosiers in this game. He knocked down 8 of 12 in this game for a rate of 66.7%, which gave him 23 points. Franklin had 2 boards in his 32 minutes and totaled 2 assists for this contest. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Indiana was Trayce Jackson-Davis. He racked up 11 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood via 3 of 13 from the floor for this contest. Jackson-Davis ended the game having shot 23.1% from the floor while earning 2 assists and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Indiana (-5)
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