Penn State Nittany Lions vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 1/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Location: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Penn State (+4.5)
Mackey Arena is the venue where and the Purdue Boilermakers (9-5) will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-4) on Sunday. Purdue opens this contest as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 139.5.
Penn State steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss mark of 3-4 on the season. They lose possession via turnover 11.6 times per contest and as a group they are committing 20.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Penn State is snagging 34.4 rebounds per game and has racked up 100 assists so far this year, which is 284th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Nittany Lions are connecting on 37.6% on three-point shots (71 of 189) and 72.2% from the charity stripe. They average 78.4 points per game (70th in the country) on 44.5% from the floor. On defense, the Nittany Lions are forcing 15.1 turnovers every game and they draw 16.1 personal fouls. The Nittany Lions defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 48.2% (187 of 388) and they surrender 34.6 rebounds per game as a squad. They are ranked 65th in the country in giving up assists with 96 conceded on the season. They relinquish 31.6% on shots from downtown and they are 290th in college hoops in points per game allowed (76.3).
The Penn State Nittany Lions took the court against the Indiana Hoosiers and went home with a loss by a final score of 87-85 in their last game. Penn State ended having earned a 47.7% field goal percentage (31 out of 65) and converted 12 of their 28 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Nittany Lions converted 11 of their 15 shots for a rate of 73.3%. In relation to getting rebounds, they collected 28 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 13 assists in this matchup while having 7 steals and 2 rejections. In terms of the defense, Penn State allowed their opponent to shoot 47.7% from the floor on 31 out of 65 shooting. Indiana earned 15 assists and had 5 steals in this game. Moreover, the Hoosiers grabbed 25 rebounds (4 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Indiana finished the game shooting 81.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 17 of their 21 tries. They also knocked down 6 out of their 19 tries from beyond the arc.
Myreon Jones is someone who came through for the game. He recorded 20 points on 6 out of 9 shooting. He saw the court for 35 mins played and also pulled down 4 rebounds. Jones ended up shooting 66.7% from the field and distributed 2 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Nittany Lions was Sam Sessoms. He had 2 boards and totaled 3 assists. He finished the contest at 53.8% from the field in the game by going 7-of-13 (17 points). At the conclusion of this game, Sessoms was on the court for 31 minutes.
Purdue has a win-loss mark of 9-5 on the season. As an offense, the Boilermakers are shooting 45.7% from the floor, which is 117th in college hoops. Purdue has earned 995 pts on the season (71.1 per contest) and they snag 36.7 boards per game. They are getting an assist 15.9 times per game (57th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 13.4 times per contest. The Boilermakers are committing 18.3 fouls per game and they connect on 69.3% from the free throw line. The Boilermakers on the defensive side of the court are 91st in D-1 in points allowed per game with 66.4. The Purdue defense gives up 31.3% on shots from beyond the arc (108 of 345) and their opponents are connecting on 66.9% of their free throw shots. They surrender 14.8 dimes and 29.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 283rd and 19th in D-1. They have forced 11.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.6% from the field (161st in the nation).
When they last played, the Purdue Boilermakers took home the win by a final score of 81-69 when they played the Indiana Hoosiers. The Boilermakers snagged 30 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 36 in the game. They also turned away 2 shots while recording 3 steals in the matchup. The Hoosiers earned 27 fouls for the matchup which got the Boilermakers to the free throw line for a total of 31 shots. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 64.5%. When discussing shots from distance, Purdue buried 11 of their 17 attempts (64.7%). Overall, the Boilermakers ended up shooting 25 for 47 from the floor which had them at 53.2%. The Boilermakers permitted the Hoosiers to bury 25 out of 57 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.9% in this game. They wrapped up this game 16.7% from three-point range by hitting 3 out of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 29 from the free throw line (55.2%). In regard to rebounding, Purdue allowed Indiana to snag 30 in total (8 offensive).
Trevion Williams was important for the Boilermakers for the game. He buried 9 of 15 in this game for a rate of 60.0%, which gave him 22 points. Williams pulled down 10 rebounds in his 31 minutes and had 2 assists for the matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Purdue was Jaden Ivey. He totaled 13 points in his 21 minutes played via 3 out of 4 from the floor in this game. Ivey finished going 75.0% from the floor in addition to contributing 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Purdue (-4.5)
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