Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Iowa Hawkeyes - 2/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (20-5) at Penn State Nittany Lions (12-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Iowa Hawkeyes will travel to play the Penn State Nittany Lions in a Big Ten game on Wednesday.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 12-13 (3-9) and are coming off of a loss to Nebraska by a score of 70-54. Penn State has lost 5 of their last 6 games and is currently tied for 11th in the Big Ten standings. Penn State has conference wins against Minnesota, Northwestern, and Indiana. Penn State is averaging 64.9 points per game while giving up 68.9 points per game. Penn State is also averaging 34.8 rebounds per game and 9.6 assists per game. Brandon Taylor is averaging 16.5 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game for Penn State. Shep Garner is averaging 13.3 points per game and 3.1 assists per game for the Nittany Lions. Penn State is shooting 68.8% on free throws, 28.9% on three-pointers, and 40.7% on all field goal attempts.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes are 20-5 (11-2) and are coming off of a win against Minnesota by a score of 75-71. Iowa has won 4 of their last 5 games and is currently 1st in the Big Ten standings. Iowa defeated Penn State by a score of 73-49 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Iowa is averaging 80.3 points per game while giving up 68.2 points per game. Iowa is also averaging 38.4 rebounds per game and 16.4 assists per game. Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 18.8 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game for Iowa. Peter Jok is averaging 15.8 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Hawkeyes. Iowa is shooting 71.9% on free throws, 39.4% on three-pointers, and 46.2% on all field goal attempts.
Iowa is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss. Iowa is 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 conference games. The under is 5-1 in Iowa’s last 6 Wednesday games. Penn State is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Wednesday games. Penn State is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss. The under is 5-1 in Penn State’s last 6 games.
Iowa is the much better team in this matchup and should be able to win this game on the road. Iowa has a high scoring offense, while also playing very good defense. Iowa also has the rebounding advantage in this matchup. I like Iowa here.