Penn State vs. Indiana - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Indiana Hoosiers (20-12) at Penn State Nittany Lions (21-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:55 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -2 -- Over/Under: 138
The Indiana Hoosiers and the Penn State Nittany Lions meet in college basketball action from Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday.
Coming into this Big Ten Tournament matchup, Indiana is 20-12 overall. After dropping their final pre-tourney game versus Wisconsin, Indiana opened things up Wednesday with a victory over Nebraska to move on.
In the Wednesday tournament win over Nebraska, Indiana’s Armaan Franklin led the team with 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Justin Smith added 12 points and six rebounds there, and Trayce Jackson-Davis hauled in 17 rebounds with 11 points and one assist for a double-double.
Over on the Penn State side, they’re 21-10 on the year. Since their last win over Rutgers, Penn State is on a three-game losing streak, falling to Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern during that trio of outings.
In the loss to Northwestern, Penn State’s leading scorer was Lamar Stevens with 18 points, eight rebounds and one assist. John Harrar added 12 points, one assist and 14 rebounds in that one, and Myles Dread had 14 points, six rebounds and one assist of his own.
Penn State is 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall and 1-4-2 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games. Penn State is 0-5 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss and the under is 5-2 in their last seven overall.
Meanwhile, the Hoosiers are 1-4 ATS in their last five after a straight-up win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 after an ATS win. Indiana is 5-2 ATS in their last seven overall and the under is 8-2 in their last 10 after a straight-up win.
Penn State has had some tough matchups over their last three games. The Nittany Lions fell to Iowa by nine points, but were slightly closer to Michigan State at eight before falling to Northwestern (who they should have beaten) 80-69. Penn State is going to have to get right in a hurry; this is a tough conference no matter who you’re playing.
As for Indiana, they’ve been pretty impressive over their last four games, hanging in there with Illinois and Wisconsin while handling both Minnesota and Nebraska. This looks like a good spot to take Indiana; I think they’ll keep it rolling and cover.