Wisconsin Badgers vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 2/8/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Location: Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
Bryce Jordan Center is the site where the Penn State Nittany Lions (14-9) will take on the Wisconsin Badgers (13-9) on Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Badgers played Northwestern and ended up losing by a score of 54-52 in their last contest. When it comes to fouls, the Badgers ended up finishing with 14 while Northwestern had 14 fouls. They knocked down 4 out of their 15 shots from long range. Northwestern finished the game shooting 61.5% at the charity stripe by knocking down 8 of 13 attempts. Furthermore, Northwestern pulled down 33 boards (6 offensive, 27 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Northwestern distributed 11 assists and had 5 steals for this contest. When talking about defense, Wisconsin let their opponent shoot 46.7% from the field on 21 of 45 shooting. They also recorded 13 assists in this matchup as well as creating 9 turnovers and having 6 steals. With regard to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 23 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Badgers converted 5 of 11 shots for a rate of 45.5%. Wisconsin wrapped up the game with a 38.0% field goal percentage (19 of 50) and knocked down 9 out of their 23 shots from distance.
Chucky Hepburn is a player who was a major factor in this game. He finished shooting 40.0% from the floor and earned 2 assists. He played for 36 minutes played and totaled 2 boards. He accounted for 17 points on 6 out of 15 shooting.
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Wisconsin will play this contest with a win-loss record of 13-9 so far this year. They have an average of 64.5 points per outing (335th in Division 1) while going 41.7% from the field. The Badgers are connecting on 36.1% on 3-point shots (185 of 512) and 65.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Wisconsin is collecting 30.8 boards per game and has accounted for 261 assists this year, which has them ranked 331st in the country in terms of passing. They turn it over 8.9 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 15.7 personal fouls per game.
On defense, the Badgers are forcing 12.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.1 fouls. They currently rank 13th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 224 relinquished for the season. Badgers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 43.9% (513 of 1,169) and they concede 35.6 boards per contest as a unit. They are surrendering 32.8% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 27th in D-1 in points per game allowed (62.7).
For their last game, the Penn State Nittany Lions took a defeat with a final score of 72-63 when they faced Nebraska. The Nittany Lions corralled 24 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 in this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while recording 3 steals in the game. Nebraska had 6 personal fouls for this game which got the Nittany Lions to the charity stripe for 4 shots. They were able to make 1 of the free throw tries for a rate of 25.0%. In the matter of shooting from 3-point land, Penn State converted 14 of their 38 attempts (36.8%). Overall, the Nittany Lions ended up going 24 for 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.0%. The Nittany Lions permitted Nebraska to make 27 of 51 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 52.9% in the game. They went 40.0% from downtown by connecting on 8 of 20 and finished the game at 10 of 18 at the free throw line (55.6%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Penn State allowed Nebraska to snag 32 in total (3 offensive).
Seth Lundy ended up being a factor for the Nittany Lions for this game. He accumulated 24 points in his 36 mins of playing time and tallied 1 assist for the game. He buried 8 of 15 in this matchup for a rate of 53.3%, and totaled 7 rebounds.
Penn State has a record of 14-9 so far this year. The Nittany Lions commit 15.4 fouls every game and they hit 76.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.7 times per game (80th in the country) and they turn the ball over 8.6 times per contest. Penn State has accumulated 1,668 points so far this year (72.5 per game) and they grab 32.6 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Nittany Lions are hitting on 46.0% from the field, which ranks them 98th in college basketball.
The Nittany Lions on the defensive side of the court are 119th in D-1 in PPG given up with 67.4. They are able to force 9.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 42.5% from the field (126th in D-1). The Penn State defense allows 34.1% on shots from 3-point land (174 of 511) and their opposition knocks down 69.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 14.0 assists and 36.0 rebounds per game, ranking them 279th and 287th in the nation.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Penn State
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