Penn State vs. Iowa - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State vs. Iowa - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions (21-7) at Iowa Hawkeyes (19-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

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The Penn State Nittany Lions (21-7, 11-6 CONF) and the Iowa Hawkeyes (19-9, 10-7 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 29th for a Big Ten conference matchup at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA. The game will be played at 12:00 PM eastern time. 

Penn State is coming off a 65-64 home win over Rutgers in their last game. That win snapped a two-game losing streak for Penn State, who is currently ranked #16 in the country. Penn State is five games above .500 in conference play this season. Iowa is coming off a 78-70 road loss to Michigan State in a game in which they were leading for a large portion of the game. That loss snapped a two-game win streak for Iowa, who is currently ranked #18 in the country. This is the second meeting between these two teams this season, as Penn State won the first one 89-86 at home.

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Penn State scores 75.7 points per game on 44.1 percent field goal shooting this season. Penn State’s leading scorer is F Lamar Stevens, who scores 17.6 points per game. The leading rebounder for Penn State is F Mike Watkins, who earns 7.7 rebounds per game. Penn State allows 67.1 rebounds per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +8.6 scoring differential so far this season. Penn State also earns 38.7 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 5.0 blocks, and 7.8 steals per game as a team. 

Iowa scores 78.2 points per game on 45.3 percent field goal shooting this season. Iowa’s leading scorer and rebounder is their star, C Luka Garza, who scores 23.6 points per game and earns 9.6 rebounds per game. Iowa allows 72.1 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have +6.1 point differential so far this season. Iowa also earns 37.6 rebounds, 17.2 assists, 3.7 blocks, and 6.4 steals per game as a team. 

Penn State is 15-11-2 against the spread this season and 6-3-1 against the spread in their last ten games. Penn State is also 5-4 against the spread on the road so far this season. Iowa is 17-9-2 against the spread this season and 5-4-1 against the spread in their last ten games. Iowa is also 10-3-1 against the spread at home so far this season.

As said before, Iowa should have beaten Michigan State in their last game, but they let that one slip away. I do not see Iowa letting their gas off the pedal in this game, and with the home team, I will lay the 4 points with Iowa. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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