Wisconsin Badgers vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Wisconsin (-2.5)
Bryce Jordan Center is the site where and the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-7) will play the Wisconsin Badgers (13-4) on Saturday. Wisconsin opens this game as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 138.
Wisconsin heads into this matchup with a record of 13-4 so far this year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 8.6 times per contest and as a group they are committing 15.6 fouls per game. As a unit, Wisconsin is grabbing 34.8 boards per game and has 231 assists so far this year, which ranks 62nd in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Badgers are shooting 37.9% on shots from downtown (146 of 385) and 75.9% from the free throw line. They are averaging 71.9 points per game (181st in Division 1) while connecting on 43.7% from the floor. Defensively, the Badgers are able to force 11.7 turnovers per game and they draw 17.6 personal fouls. The Badgers defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 40.2% (383 of 952) and they surrender 33.9 boards per game as a team. They are ranked 210th in college hoops in giving up assists with 184 surrendered on the year. They are giving up 32.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 17th in D-1 in opponents PPG (61.8).
The Wisconsin Badgers took the court against the Maryland Terrapins and took home the win by a score of 61-55 in their last game. Wisconsin finished the contest with a 39.3% FG percentage (22 of 56) and made 10 of their 26 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Badgers made 7 of their 7 tries for a rate of 100.0%. In relation to hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 36 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 11 assists in the matchup as well as earning 4 steals and 2 rejections. Concerning the defense, Wisconsin allowed the other team to shoot 39.3% from the field on 22 out of 56 shooting. Maryland distributed 12 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, the Terrapins grabbed 26 rebounds (3 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Maryland finished the game at 88.9% at the free throw line by burying 8 of 9 attempts. They knocked down 9 out of their 30 attempts from distance.
Micah Potter is one guy who was a major factor in this contest. He totaled 23 points on 8 out of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 23 minutes and snagged 12 boards. Potter went 66.7% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Badgers was D'Mitrik Trice. He collected 8 boards and accumulated 3 assists. He finished the game at 28.6% from the floor for the matchup via 4-of-14 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Trice played for 38 minutes.
Penn State has a mark of 5-7 for the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Nittany Lions are hitting on 42.9% from the field, which ranks them 250th in college hoops. Penn State has accounted for 921 pts so far this year (76.8 per game) and they pull down 36.3 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.0 times per contest (194th in college basketball) and they turn it over 12.2 times per game. The Nittany Lions are committing 20.0 personal fouls per game and they shoot 71.7% from the free throw line. The Nittany Lions on the defensive end are ranked 303rd in D-1 in points given up per game with 76.8. The Penn State defense gives up 31.6% on shots from 3-point land (81 of 256) and their opponents are converting on 73.1% of their free throw shots. They give up 14.3 assists and 34.3 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 258th and 137th in the country. They have forced 14.7 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.3% from the floor (312th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Penn State Nittany Lions took a loss by a final score of 83-79 when they faced the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions earned 15 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 24 for this contest. They rejected 2 shots while earning 6 steals for the game. The Buckeyes were called for 20 personal fouls in this game which got the Nittany Lions to the free throw line for a total of 24 shots. They were able to knock down 18 of them for a rate of 75.0%. In terms of shots from downtown, Penn State buried 9 out of their 19 tries (47.4%). When the game finished, the Nittany Lions finished shooting 26 out of 59 from the floor which had them shooting 44.1%. The Nittany Lions allowed the Buckeyes to make 28 out of their 54 attempts from the field which had them shooting 51.9% in the game. They shot 31.8% from 3-point land by connecting on 7 of 22 and ended up shooting 20 of 21 at the free throw line (95.2%). In regard to how they rebounded, Penn State permitted Ohio State to grab 33 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Seth Lundy ended up being a major contributor for the Nittany Lions in the game. He buried 7 of 16 for the game for a field goal rate of 43.8%, which earned him 26 points. Lundy collected 4 boards in his 37 mins and totaled 2 dimes for the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Penn State was Izaiah Brockington. He walked away with 18 points in 33 minutes on the court via 7 of 15 from the floor for this game. Brockington ended up shooting 46.7% from the field and also earning 2 assists and 3 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Penn State (+2.5) and over 138 points
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