Penn State Nittany Lions vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction, 2/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Penn State (-6)
The Penn State Nittany Lions (7-12) go to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday where they'll meet the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-15). Penn State opens this contest as 6-point favorites. The total has been set at 142.5.
Penn State will enter this game with a mark of 7-12 on the year. The Nittany Lions are connecting on 34.3% on shots from 3-point land (168 of 490) and 74.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 72.7 pts per game (143rd in D-1) on 41.0% from the floor. They turn it over 11.5 times per contest and as a unit they commit 18.3 fouls per game. As a unit, Penn State is collecting 35.7 boards per contest and has accumulated 244 assists this season, which ranks 202nd in the country in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Nittany Lions are forcing 14.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.9 personal fouls. They are ranked 248th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 279 surrendered on the year. The Nittany Lions defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 46.7% (499 of 1,069) and they relinquish 35.0 rebounds per contest as a group. They are conceding 33.2% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 262nd in college hoops in points per game allowed (73.8).
The Penn State Nittany Lions stepped onto the hardwood against the Iowa Hawkeyes and ended up losing by a score of 74-68 in their last contest. Penn State ended the contest with a 35.5% FG percentage (22 out of 62) and converted 11 out of their 33 shots from distance. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Nittany Lions converted 13 of their 17 attempts for a rate of 76.5%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they earned a total of 34 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 13 dimes in this matchup in addition to having 10 steals and 2 blocks. With regard to the defense, Penn State allowed their opponent to shoot 35.5% from the field on 22 of 62 shooting. Iowa doled out 19 dimes and had 5 steals for this game. Moreover, the Hawkeyes snagged 41 rebounds (9 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Iowa ended up shooting 54.5% at the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of 22 tries. They also made 10 out of their 25 shots from 3-point range.
Myreon Jones is a guy who played a role for this contest. He ended up finishing with 11 points on 3 of 15 shooting. He played for 31 minutes played and totaled 3 rebounds. Jones finished 20.0% from the field and distributed 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in the game for the Nittany Lions was Izaiah Brockington. He snagged 7 rebounds and totaled 2 dimes. He finished 40.0% from the field in this game by connecting on 4-of-10 (11 points). When this game wrapped up, Brockington was on the court for 27 minutes.
Nebraska has a mark of 5-15 for the season. Nebraska has accounted for 1,378 points this season (68.9 per game) and they grab 37.4 rebounds per contest. The Cornhuskers have committed 17.5 fouls per contest and they shoot 62.4% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Cornhuskers are hitting on 40.4% from the field, which ranks 327th in the country. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 12.9 times per game (206th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 13.3 times per game. The Cornhuskers are ranked 240th in college hoops in points given up per game with 72.7. The Nebraska defense gives up 31.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (177 of 563) and their opposition knocks down 71.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 14.1 assists and 40.3 rebounds per game, which is 255th and 338th in the country. They are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.8% from the floor (109th in the nation).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Nebraska Cornhuskers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 75-58 when they played the Purdue Boilermakers. The Cornhuskers snagged 27 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 for this contest. They also turned away 4 tries while recording 5 steals in the game. The Boilermakers were called for 15 personal fouls for this contest which took the Cornhuskers to the charity stripe for 14 attempts. They were able to knock down 5 of those for a clip of 35.7%. When discussing shots from 3-point land, Nebraska buried 9 of their 28 tries (32.1%). When the game finished, the Cornhuskers shot 22 for 63 from the floor which had them shooting 34.9%. The Cornhuskers permitted the Boilermakers to knock down 30 of 64 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 46.9% in the game. They finished shooting 31.3% from distance by connecting on 10 out of 32 and finished the contest at 5 of 10 at the free throw line (50.0%). Concerning rebounding, Nebraska allowed Purdue to get 44 in total (10 offensive).
Trey McGowens ended up having an impact for the Cornhuskers for this game. He converted 3 out of 5 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 60.0%, which got him 9 points. McGowens snagged 2 rebounds in his 31 mins played and had 3 assists for the matchup. Someone else that played a role for Nebraska was Teddy Allen. He accumulated 6 points in 19 minutes played by way of 3 out of 10 shooting for the matchup. Allen wrapped this one up going 30.0% from the field and also earning 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Penn State (-6)
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