Penn State vs. Iowa - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (18-10) at Penn State Nittany Lions (15-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Iowa Hawkeyes look to stay hot with wins in five of their last seven games. On the season, Iowa is averaging 69.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting and is allowing 61.5 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Aaron White is averaging 15.2 points and 7.2 rebounds while Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 12 points and 6.1 rebounds. Gabriel Olaseni is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Mike Gesell is dishing 3.6 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes have five players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 73.2 percent from the line and 33.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 31.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 66 or less points in seven straight games.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions could use a win win to snap a four-game skid. On the season, PSU is averaging 66.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting and is allowing 65.3 points on 40.7 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 20.5 points and three assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. Shep Garner is dishing 2.4 assists and Ross Travis is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Penn State Nittany Lions have four players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 69.1 percent from the line and 32.6 percent from deep. Defensively, PSU is allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in five of its last seven games.
The Hawkeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Although Iowa has done well recently ATS on the road, I haven't liked the way the Hawkeyes have played this season with their up-and-down stlye. Look for a strong performance from PSU and a possible underdog outright victory.