Penn State Nittany Lions vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 3/6/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022
Location: Jersey Mike's Arena in Piscataway, NJ
The Penn State Nittany Lions (12-15) are hitting the road to Jersey Mike's Arena on Sunday where they will attempt to beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (17-12).
The Penn State Nittany Lions faced off with Illinois and ended up losing by a score of 60-55 in their last game. Penn State finished the contest with a 41.8% FG percentage (23 of 55) and made 8 of 25 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Nittany Lions made 1 of their 3 shots for a rate of 33.3%. With respect to rebounding, they compiled a total of 27 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 8 assists for the matchup while forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When discussing defense, Penn State allowed the other team to go 36.0% from the field on 18 of 50 shooting. Illinois distributed 11 assists and had 6 steals in the game. In addition, Illinois had 28 boards (9 offensive, 19 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Illinois ended up going 88.2% from the charity stripe by making 15 of their 17 attempts. They also converted 9 of their 28 shots from three-point range. Concerning personal fouls, the Nittany Lions finished with 17 while Illinois totaled 9 personal fouls.
Jalen Pickett is a guy who was a contributor in this matchup. He finished shooting 53.3% from the field and earned 7 assists. He was on the hardwood for 40 minutes played and also totaled 5 rebounds. He scored 18 points on 8 out of 15 shooting.
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Penn State heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 12-15 so far this season. They are turning it over 12.3 times per contest and as a team they commit 15.5 personal fouls every game. As a team, Penn State is pulling in 35.5 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 328 dimes on the campaign, which is 295th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Nittany Lions are shooting 34.6% on 3-pointers (221 of 638) and 72.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 64.9 pts per game (318th in college hoops) while shooting 43.6% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Nittany Lions are able to force 8.9 turnovers per game while drawing 14.4 personal fouls. They currently rank 130th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 347 relinquished this season. The Nittany Lions defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 41.4% (634 of 1,533) and they concede 31.7 rebounds per contest as a group. They are relinquishing 35.3% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 71st in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (65.5).
The last time they took the court, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights walked away with a victory by a final of 66-63 when they played Indiana. The Scarlet Knights recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 31 for the matchup. They turned the ball over 13 times, while getting 6 steals in this game. Indiana had 16 fouls for the game which took the Scarlet Knights to the charity stripe for 16 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throws for a percentage of 62.5%. Concerning 3-pointers, Rutgers converted 8 out of their 18 attempts (44.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Scarlet Knights went 24 out of 51 from the field which had them sitting at 47.1%. The Scarlet Knights permitted Indiana to convert 23 of their 56 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.1% in the matchup. They went 28.6% from 3-point land by going 6 out of 21 and ended up shooting 11 out of 14 from the free throw line (78.6%). In reference to team rebounding, Rutgers permitted Indiana to collect 27 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Ron Harper ended up being a major contributor for the Scarlet Knights for this contest. He earned 19 points in his 38 mins of playing time and totaled 4 assists in this matchup. He buried 7 out of 12 for the matchup for a rate of 58.3%, and accumulated 6 rebounds.
Rutgers has a mark of 17-12 on the season. The Scarlet Knights commit 15.7 fouls per game and they shoot 70.7% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 15.0 times per contest (56th in college basketball) and they turn it over 11.8 times per contest. Rutgers has totaled 1,972 points for the campaign (68.0 per contest) and they grab 35.9 boards per game. As an offense, the Scarlet Knights are shooting 44.3% from the field, which ranks them 170th in college basketball.
The Rutgers defense concedes 34.4% on shots from distance (224 of 652) and their opponents are making 71.2% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 12.2 assists and 33.5 rebounds every game, which is ranked 144th and 123rd in college basketball. The Scarlet Knights on defense are ranked 68th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 65.4. They are able to force 12.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.5% from the field (88th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Rutgers
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