Penn State Nittany Lions vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction, 2/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Penn State (+7.5)
The Penn State Nittany Lions (6-7) travel to Kohl Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Wisconsin Badgers (13-5). Wisconsin opens this matchup as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 138.
Penn State enters this matchup with a record of 6-7 for the campaign. They have an average of 77.1 points per game (66th in the nation) while shooting 43.1% from the field. The Nittany Lions are shooting 36.6% from downtown (120 of 328) and 72.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Penn State is grabbing 36.2 rebounds per contest and has earned 170 assists this season, which ranks 238th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 11.7 times per game and as a team are committing 19.2 personal fouls every game. On defense, the Nittany Lions are forcing 14.5 turnovers every game and they draw 17.6 fouls. They rank 177th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 185 surrendered for the season. The Nittany Lions defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.0% (351 of 747) and they surrender 34.7 boards per contest as a team. They are conceding 31.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 294th in the nation in points per game allowed (76.3).
The Penn State Nittany Lions faced off with the Wisconsin Badgers and took home the win by a score of 81-71 in their last contest. Penn State ended the game with a 45.0% FG percentage (27 of 60) and converted 8 of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Nittany Lions knocked down 19 of their 25 shots for a percentage of 76.0%. Regarding pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 33 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 14 dimes for this contest in addition to earning 6 steals and 2 blocks. When it comes to defense, Penn State allowed their opponent to shoot 45.0% from the field on 27 out of 60 shooting. Wisconsin dished out 14 dimes and had 2 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Badgers collected 38 rebounds (10 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Wisconsin shot 75.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 6 of their 8 tries. They also converted 7 of 28 attempts from 3-point range.
Myreon Jones is one guy who had an impact for the matchup. He left the arena with 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 minutes played and also snagged 5 boards. Jones went 66.7% from the field and dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Nittany Lions was Izaiah Brockington. He grabbed 9 rebounds and also totaled 3 dimes. He finished shooting 53.3% from the field for this game by going 8-of-15 (18 points). At the conclusion of this game, Brockington played for 36 min.
Wisconsin has a mark of 13-5 on the campaign. Wisconsin has accumulated 1,294 points this season (71.9 per game) and they pull down 35.0 boards per game. The Badgers are committing 15.9 fouls per contest and they shoot 75.9% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Badgers are shooting 43.7% from the field, which is ranked 211th in college hoops. They are dishing out assists 13.6 times per contest (158th in the country) and they are turning it over 8.8 times per contest. The Badgers on the defensive side of the court are 25th in the country in PPG allowed with 62.8. They have allowed 11.0 assists and 33.9 boards per game, which is 50th and 121st in Division 1. The Wisconsin defense allows 32.4% on shots from 3-point land (114 of 352) and opponents are converting on 72.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 11.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.5% from the floor (54th in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Wisconsin Badgers took a loss by a final score of 81-71 against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Badgers snagged 28 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for this game. They blocked 5 attempts while recording 2 steals in this matchup. The Nittany Lions committed 10 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Badgers to the free throw line for 8 shots. They were able to knock down 6 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 75.0%. When talking about shots from 3-point land, Wisconsin converted 7 out of 28 attempts (25.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Badgers went 29 for 66 from the floor which had them sitting at 43.9%. The Badgers permitted the Nittany Lions to convert 27 out of their 60 tries from the field which had them shooting 45.0% in the matchup. They finished 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 8 of 24 and ended up shooting 19 out of 25 at the free throw line (76.0%). In relation to rebounding, Wisconsin allowed Penn State to pull down 33 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Aleem Ford ended up having an impact for the Badgers for the game. He knocked down 6 of 12 for this game for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which earned him 15 points. Ford had 8 boards in his 32 minutes and tallied 2 assists in this contest. An additional guy who came through for Wisconsin was Tyler Wahl. He ended up walking away with 13 points in his 32 minutes on the court by going 6 out of 10 from the floor for the contest. Wahl ended the game having shot 60.0% from the field and also earning 2 assists and 10 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Penn State (+7.5)
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