Northwestern Wildcats vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 2/25/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
Location: Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
The Penn State Nittany Lions (11-13) welcome the Northwestern Wildcats (13-13) at Bryce Jordan Center on Friday.
The Northwestern Wildcats took the court against Nebraska and earned the victory with a final of 77-65 in their last game. In relation to personal fouls, the Wildcats finished with 14 and Nebraska accumulated 10 personal fouls. They buried 7 of 24 tries from beyond the arc. Nebraska ended up going 83.3% at the charity stripe by knocking down 10 of their 12 tries. On top of that, Nebraska snagged 32 boards (9 offensive, 23 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Nebraska distributed 16 dimes and had 9 steals for this contest. In terms of the defense, Northwestern allowed the other team to shoot 41.4% from the field on 24 of 58 shooting. They also recorded 20 dimes for this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and getting 10 steals. When discussing getting rebounds, they collected a total of 30 with 6 of them being offensive. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Wildcats knocked down 4 of their 6 shots for a rate of 66.7%. Northwestern walked away from the contest with a 50.0% field goal percentage (30 out of 60) and buried 13 out of their 32 shots from beyond the arc.
Pete Nance is a player who came through for the contest. He racked up 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting. He played 25 minutes played and totaled 5 boards. He ended up shooting 72.7% from the floor and also dished out 5 assists.
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Northwestern heads into this contest with a mark of 13-13 so far this year. They are averaging 73.8 points per contest (112th in the nation) while hitting 43.2% from the floor. The Wildcats are shooting 34.6% from downtown (216 of 625) and 72.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Northwestern is grabbing 35.8 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 414 dimes so far this season, which ranks 54th in the nation in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 9.7 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.9 personal fouls per game.
Defensively, the Wildcats are able to force 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.9 personal fouls. They concede 35.9% on 3-point attempts while they are 160th in D-1 in PPG allowed (68.3). The Wildcats are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.4% (602 of 1,420) and they relinquish 35.6 boards per game as a squad. They rank 269th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 377 conceded on the year.
When they last played, the Penn State Nittany Lions took a defeat with a final score of 67-61 against Maryland. The Nittany Lions were able to collect 24 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 for the matchup. They turned it over 13 times, while earning 7 steals for this contest. Maryland earned 11 fouls for the contest which took the Nittany Lions to the charity stripe for 5 attempts. They were able to convert 3 of them for a percentage of 60.0%. When discussing three-point attempts, Penn State converted 8 of their 19 attempts (42.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Nittany Lions shot 25 out of 53 from the floor which had them shooting 47.2%. The Nittany Lions permitted Maryland to convert 23 of 50 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 46.0% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 30.0% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 6 out of 20 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 19 at the free throw line (78.9%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Penn State allowed Maryland to get 24 in all (4 on the offensive glass).
John Harrar pitched in for the Nittany Lions in the matchup. He made 7 out of 10 in the game for a field goal percentage of 70.0%, and had 13 rebounds. He scored 14 points in his 31 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 2 dimes for this game.
Penn State has a win-loss record of 11-13 for the year. The Nittany Lions are responsible for committing 15.4 personal fouls per game and they go 73.1% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 12.3 times per contest (235th in the nation) and they are turning it over 12.2 times per game. Penn State has scored 1,561 points this season (65.0 per contest) and they snag 35.8 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Nittany Lions are shooting 43.6% from the floor, which ranks 214th in college basketball.
The Penn State defense gives up 34.5% from downtown (180 of 522) and opponents are making 71.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 12.8 assists and 31.8 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 195th and 54th in those categories on the defensive end. The Nittany Lions on the defensive end are ranked 50th in college basketball in points given up per game with 64.8. They are able to force 8.9 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.1% from the field (73rd in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Northwestern
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