Indiana Hoosiers (6-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (4-3)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 4, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -2 -- Over/Under: 136
The Indiana Hoosiers and the Penn State Nittany Lions meet in Big Ten conference college basketball action from the Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday night.
The Indiana Hoosiers will look to build on a 68-66 win over the Northwestern Wildcats in their last outing. Romeo Langford led Indiana with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 5 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks while Juwan Morgan also shot 8 of 13 with a pair of steals and a pair of blocks, adding 17 points with 12 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists for the double-double as the only other Hoosier to score in double figures in the win. Langford leads the Hoosiers in scoring with 18 points per game while Morgan leads Indiana on the glass with 8.6 rebounds per game and Rob Phinisee leads Indiana in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Indiana is scoring 80.4 points per game on 52.9% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the 3-point line and 62.4% from the foul line this season.
The Penn State Nittany Lions will look to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games following a 66-59 loss to Maryland in their last outing. Lamar Stevens led the Nittany Lions with 19 points along with 8 rebounds while Josh Reaves chipped in 17 points on 7 of 18 shooting with 3 triples, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Rasir Bolton added 15 points to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Penn State in the loss, whiie Jamarl Wheeler added 4 steals of his own in the defeat. Stevens leads Penn State with an average of 22.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while Reaves leads the Nittany Lions with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Penn State is averaging 69.7 points per game on 42% shooting from the field, 31.1% from behind the arc and 70.2% from the foul line this season.
Indiana is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 12-3-1 in their last 16 road games. Penn State is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 conference games and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a loss. The home team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Penn State has had a lot of success ATS lately, and the home team has had the upper hand ATS over the last couple of years. However, I just feel like despite their shortcomings ATS this season, the Hoosiers are the better team here, as they have a huge edge on the offensive end, and like a lot of folks, I don’t pass up points with the better team, so I’ll take the free bucket with the Hoosiers in this one.