Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 2/14/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Location: Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Nebraska (+11)
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-12) are headed to Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-9). Nebraska opens this matchup as 11-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 145.
Nebraska steps onto the court with a record of 4-12 on the season. They are losing possession via turnover 13.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.3 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Nebraska is collecting 38.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 205 assists so far this season, which ranks 222nd in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Cornhuskers are connecting on 31.1% on three-point shots (122 of 392) and 63.4% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 71.1 points per outing (194th in college hoops) while hitting 40.6% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Cornhuskers are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers every game while drawing 19.4 personal fouls. They give up 31.1% on shots from downtown while they are 256th in D-1 in PPG allowed (73.4). The Cornhuskers are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.7% (413 of 991) and they concede 40.3 rebounds per contest as a unit. They rank 200th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 226 conceded for the campaign.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers faced the Illinois Fighting Illini and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 77-72 in their last game. Nebraska ended the game having earned a 36.9% field goal percentage (24 out of 65) and made 7 out of their 20 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Cornhuskers buried 17 of their 25 shots for a rate of 68.0%. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they earned 36 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 12 assists in this game as well as earning 7 steals and 5 blocks. When talking about defense, Nebraska allowed 36.9% from the field on 24 out of 65 shooting. Illinois earned 15 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. On top of that, the Fighting Illini grabbed 35 rebounds (8 offensive, 27 defensive) and got 5 rejections. Illinois finished 63.6% from the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of their 22 attempts. They also made 7 out of their 21 tries from 3-point range.
Lat Mayen is one guy who was important in this contest. He totaled 16 points on 5 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 38 minutes played and also grabbed 4 rebounds. Mayen ended up shooting 41.7% from the floor but finished the game without a dime. Another guy that had an impact in the game for the Cornhuskers was Teddy Allen. He pulled down 8 boards and also totaled 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 41.7% from the field for this game by shooting 5-of-12 (15 points). Overall, Allen was on the hardwood for 36 min.
Penn State has a record of 7-9 so far this year. The Nittany Lions are committing 18.6 fouls every game and they hit 73.6% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 12.6 times per contest (228th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 11.7 times per contest. Penn State has scored 1,171 points so far this season (73.2 per game) and they average 36.0 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Nittany Lions are shooting 41.7% from the field, which ranks 292nd in the nation. The Nittany Lions on the defensive side of the court are 255th in D-1 in points allowed per game with 73.4. The Penn State defense surrenders 31.1% on 3-point attempts (104 of 334) and their opponents are knocking down 73.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 13.9 dimes and 34.5 boards on a nightly basis, which is 236th and 154th in college hoops. They are forcing their opponents into 14.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.1% from the floor (280th in the country).
In their last game, the Penn State Nittany Lions took a loss by a score of 60-58 when they played the Michigan State Spartans. The Nittany Lions recorded 23 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 30 for this contest. They also rejected 2 attempts while earning 5 steals in this matchup. The Spartans were called for 15 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Nittany Lions to the charity stripe for a total of 15 shots. They were able to knock down 13 of those for a rate of 86.7%. Regarding three-point attempts, Penn State converted 5 out of their 23 tries (21.7%). At the conclusion of this game, the Nittany Lions shot 20 out of 58 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 34.5%. The Nittany Lions permitted the Spartans to bury 23 of their 55 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.8% in the matchup. They finished shooting 26.7% from distance by hitting 4 out of 15 and finished the game at 10 out of 15 from the charity stripe (66.7%). When discussing rebounds, Penn State allowed Michigan State to pull down 35 overall (9 offensive).
John Harrar ended up being a major contributor for the Nittany Lions in this game. He converted 6 of 8 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 75.0%, which earned him 17 points. Harrar totaled 14 boards in his 30 mins and added 4 dimes for the matchup. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Penn State was Myreon Jones. He notched 15 points in his 32 minutes on the hardwood via 5 out of 12 from the floor for this contest. Jones walked away from this one going 41.7% from the floor and also contributing 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Penn State (-11) and over 145 points
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