Check out our free Iowa vs Penn State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in University Park. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Iowa vs Penn State Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 1st Betting Odds
Hawkeyes vs Nittany Lions Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Iowa Hawkeyes at Penn State Nittany Lions
- Where: University Park at Bryce Jordan Center
- Date: Sunday, January 1st
- Betting Odds: Iowa +2.5, IOWA +116 | PENNST -143 O/U 146.0
Coming into today’s matchup, the Iowa Hawkeyes are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 8-5. So far, the Hawkeyes have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 1-2. For the season, Iowa has been the underdog in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 1-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Hawkeyes being +2.5 point underdogs.
Filip Rebraca comes into today’s game as the Hawkeyes’ leading scorer at 14.15 points per contest. Not only has Rebraca been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Iowa’s top rebounder at 8.69 boards per contest. Behind Rebraca, the team has benefited from the strong play of Patrick McCaffery who is second on the team in scoring at 13.38 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.7% of his shots and is adding 5.0 boards per game.
So far this season, Iowa has put together a strong scoring offense at 83.8 points per game (7th). This strong figure has come despite the Hawkeyes playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.8% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Iowa’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 46.4%
Nittany Lions Preview:
Penn State will take their 4 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 10-3. Currently, the Nittany Lions have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 8-1. The Nittany Lions’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Penn State has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 9-1.
Jalen Pickett comes into today’s game as the Nittany Lions’ leading scorer at 16.08 points per contest. Not only has Pickett been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Penn State’s top rebounder at 7.38 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 13.83 points per game. Overall, he has hit 51.0% of his shots and is adding 7.0 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 that 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: Penn State Nittany Lions -2.5
Heading into this matchup, with the Penn State Nittany Lions sitting as -2.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Penn State and Iowa are averaging 8.03 and 9.29 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Penn State has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 7-3 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Nittany Lions to cover at -2.5.
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