Indiana vs. Penn State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Indiana vs. Penn State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Hoosiers (20-12) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (21-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:55 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

Penn State Nittany Lions -PK --Over/under

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The Indiana Hoosiers will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.  The Hoosiers are (20-12), coming off a 89-64 win over Nebraska. The Nittany Lions are (21-10), after falling to Northwestern, 80-69.

In the hoosiers win over Nebraska, Indiana was led on offense by Armaan Franklin.  Franklin registered 13 points and 8 rebounds. Indiana connected on 53 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from 3-point range.  The Hoosiers were dominant on defense, holding Nebraska to 30 percent from the floor. Indiana won the rebounding battle, 47 to 38.  

Trayce Jackson-Davis has paced the Hoosiers this year, averaging 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds.  Devonte Green is recording 10.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest. The Hoosiers shot 70.9 percent from the floor and are converting on 44.2 percent from the floor.

In the Nittany Lions loss to Northwestern, Penn State was guided on offense by John Harrar.  Harrar secured a double-double, totaling 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Nittany Lions converted on 33 percent from the floor and 28 percent from distance.  Penn State allowed Northwestern to shoot 46 percent from the floor and 50 percent from distance. The game was tied at 34 at the half.

Lamar Stevens is averaging 17.6 points per game, while adding 6.9 rebounds for the Nittany Lions.  Myreon Jones is contributing 13.3 points and 3 assists per game. Penn State is averaging 75.1 points per game, while converting on 43.1 percent from the floor.  

Recent betting Trends:

Indiana is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.

Indiana is 5-9 SU in their last 14 games.

The under is 16-14-1 in Indiana games.

Penn State is 16-14-1 ATS on the year.

Penn State is 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 games.

The under is 16-15 in Penn State games.

This game will have a different feel to it, with no fans in attendance.  This game would have had a great atmosphere and could have had a roll in the final score if it came down to the wire.  Penn State enters this contest having lost 3 in a row and 4 of their last 5.  Indiana will need a good game out of Jackson-Davis if the Hoosiers want to have a chance.  Indiana has controlled this series, having won 7 of the last 10 matchups.  The two teams split the regular season series.  Indiana seemed to have their offense clicking last night against a short-handed Nebraska team.  I'm going to side with the Hoosiers, as Penn State is scuffling heading into this tournament.  Final score prediction, Indiana will win, 71-68.

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