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Indiana vs Penn State Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds

Hoosiers vs Nittany Lions Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Indiana Hoosiers at Penn State Nittany Lions
  • Where: University Park at Bryce Jordan Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 11th
  • Betting Odds: Indiana +2.5, IND +114 | PENNST -138 O/U 142.0

Hoosiers Preview:

Through 15 games, the Indiana Hoosiers have an overall record of 10-5. So far, the Hoosiers have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 2-3. For the season, Indiana has been the underdog in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 0-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Hoosiers being +2.5 point underdogs.

Trayce Jackson-Davis comes into today’s game as the Hoosiers’ leading scorer at 17.67 points per contest. Not only has Jackson-Davis been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Indiana’s top rebounder at 9.58 boards per contest. Behind Jackson-Davis, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jalen Hood-Schifino, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.42 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.6% of his shots and is adding 4.25 boards per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Indiana this season, as they are currently ranked 184th in college basketball at 71.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Hoosiers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 258th in the NCAA.

Nittany Lions Preview:

Penn State heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-5. So far this season, Penn State has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Nittany Lions as the -2.5 point favorites. The Nittany Lions have been favored 11 times, going 10-1 straight up.

Jalen Pickett comes into today’s game as the Nittany Lions’ leading scorer at 17.94 points per contest. Not only has Pickett been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Penn State’s top rebounder at 7.56 boards per contest. Behind Pickett, the team has benefited from the strong play of Seth Lundy, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.73 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.5% of his shots and is adding 6.6 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Penn State this season, as they are currently ranked 391st in college basketball at 64.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Nittany Lions’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 237th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Indiana Hoosiers +2.5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Penn State as the favorites with a line coming in at -2.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Indiana Hoosiers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Penn State at 8.03 made 3’s per game compared to Indiana at 6.12. Look for Indiana to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Nittany Lions.

 


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