Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 3/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Nebraska (+6.5)
Lucas Oil Stadium is the site where and the Penn State Nittany Lions (10-13) will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-19) on Wednesday. The odds on this contest have Penn State as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 146.5.
Nebraska comes into this contest with a record of 7-19 for the campaign. The Cornhuskers are hitting 33.6% on 3-point shots (219 of 651) and 63.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 70.1 points per game (214th in the nation) while connecting on 41.9% from the field. They are turning it over 14.2 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 17.3 fouls every game. As a team, Nebraska is pulling in 36.6 boards per game and has tallied 355 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 69th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Cornhuskers are able to force 13.2 turnovers per game while drawing 17.2 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 317th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 373 conceded on the year. The Cornhuskers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 42.4% (690 of 1,627) and they surrender 39.6 boards per contest as a unit. They concede 31.3% on 3-pointers while they are 275th in college basketball in PPG allowed (74.3).
The Nebraska Cornhuskers faced off with the Northwestern Wildcats and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 79-78 in their last game. Nebraska walked away from the contest with a 46.4% field goal percentage (26 out of 56) and buried 14 of 33 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Cornhuskers converted 12 of 16 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they earned 29 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 21 assists in this game as well as forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and having 6 steals. When discussing defense, Nebraska allowed 53.3% from the field on 32 of 60 shooting. Northwestern dished out 21 assists and had 8 steals for the contest. Moreover, Northwestern pulled down 27 rebounds (6 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Northwestern finished the game at 44.4% from the free throw line by burying 4 of their 9 attempts. They also made 11 of 25 shots from three-point range.
Kobe Webster is a player who was a contributor in the matchup. He accounted for 23 points on 8 out of 16 shooting. He played 34 mins played and pulled down 1 board. Webster finished the game at 50.0% from the floor and also totaled 5 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Cornhuskers was Trey McGowens. He grabbed 6 rebounds in his 33 minutes on the hardwood. He walked away from this one shooting 40.0% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 4-of-10 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, McGowens earned 5 assists.
Penn State has a mark of 10-13 for the campaign. Penn State has accounted for 1,670 points this season (72.6 per game) and they average 36.3 rebounds per game. The Nittany Lions have committed 17.8 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 73.0% from the free throw line. In terms of offensive execution, the Nittany Lions are connecting on 40.7% from the floor, which is ranked 325th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 13.2 times per game (176th in college hoops) and they are turning it over 11.4 times per contest. The Nittany Lions on the defensive side of the court are 255th in college hoops in PPG given up with 73.2. They concede 14.4 dimes and 34.7 boards per contest, which ranks them 274th and 164th in college hoops. The Penn State defense gives up 34.1% on 3-point shots (164 of 481) and their opponents are making 72.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 14.1 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.7% from the floor (304th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Penn State Nittany Lions walked away with a victory by a final of 66-61 when they played the Maryland Terrapins. The Nittany Lions pulled down 28 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 in the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while recording 9 steals for this game. The Terrapins earned 19 personal fouls in the game which got the Nittany Lions to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to knock down 19 of them for a rate of 79.2%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, Penn State made 9 of their 26 tries (34.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Nittany Lions finished 19 out of 56 from the floor which gave them a rate of 33.9%. The Nittany Lions allowed the Terrapins to convert 23 of their 48 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.9% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 38.1% from beyond the arc by going 8 of 21 and finished the game at 7 of 13 from the free throw line (53.8%). Regarding rebounding, Penn State permitted Maryland to get 30 overall (1 offensive).
Myreon Jones was important for the Nittany Lions in the matchup. He converted 4 out of 11 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 36.4%, and accumulated 6 rebounds. Jones scored 17 points in his 36 mins of playing time and earned 2 dimes for the matchup. Someone else that was pivotal for Penn State was John Harrar. He finished with 1 assist in his 25 mins on the court, and he knocked down 0 of 3 from the floor. Harrar finished going 0.0% from the floor while earning 7 points and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Nebraska (+6.5)
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