It will be a battle between Big 10 opponents when the Indiana Hoosiers (17-9, 7-8 Big 10) welcome the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions (20-6, 10-5 Big 10) to Assembly Hall. The game is scheduled to get underway at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 23, 2020.
Penn State Nittany Lions at Indiana Hoosiers ATS Prediction
In the Nittany Lions’ last game, they were topped by the Illinois Fighting Illini, 62-56. Illinois’ offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over Penn State. The Fighting Illini had a rate of 30.3 (below their season average of 36.5), while the Nittany Lions posted a mark of 23.7 (below their season average of 29.6). Lamar Stevens led Penn State in scoring with 13 points on 3-for-11 shooting.
The Hoosiers beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers in their last contest, 68-56. The Hoosiers knocked down 16 of their 22 free throws (72.7 percent) and held the Golden Gophers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.377 (below their season average of 0.483). Trayce Jackson-Davis was the game’s top scorer with 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting from the field.
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. Jackson-Davis recorded 14 points and seven rebounds in the first matchup, in which the Hoosiers lost 64-49. The Nittany Lions had a much better turnover percentage (8.6 vs. 22.7) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.414 vs. 0.351).
Indiana should have an advantage on the offensive glass in this contest. The Hoosiers rank 37th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.2 percent), while Penn State ranks 170th in defensive rebounding percentage (72.3 percent).
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Indiana Hoosiers Free Pick
College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Indiana, O/U – Over
Indiana ranks 26th in rebounds allowed per game (31.3) while Penn State ranks 235th (37.2).
The Nittany Lions rank 81st in three pointers attempted per game (24.3) while the Hoosiers rank 283rd (16.7).
Penn State ranks 42nd in steals per game (8.0) while Indiana ranks 203rd (5.4).
The Nittany Lions rank 50th in assists per game (14.8) while the Hoosiers rank 151st in assists allowed per game (12.8).
Penn State averages 5.1 blocks per game, which ranks 15th in the country. Indiana ranks 113th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
The Nittany Lions’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.6, down from 9.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hoosiers have scored an average of 68.6 points per game (3.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.8 points per game (5.1 above their season average).