Illinois vs Penn State Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/21/24

Penn State (12-14) vs Illinois (19-6)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 6:30 pm (Rec Hall)

Betting Odds: Penn State Nittany Lions +7.5 -- Over/Under: 158.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Penn State Nittany Lions meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Rec Hall. Illinois is 19-6 overall and coming off a win over Maryland. As for Penn State, they dropped to 12-14 on the season with a loss to Nebraska on Saturday. Let’s get into our Illinois vs. Penn State prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Illinois Fighting Illini

The Illini have stayed pretty consistent this year and haven’t lost consecutive games yet. Since starting things out at 14-5 overall, Illinois is 5-1 in the last six. The wins in that time were over Indiana, Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan and Maryland with a lone loss to Michigan State.

In the Maryland game on Saturday, the Illini were up 43-38 going into the second half. Illinois kept the pace from there on 42 more points and took the win 85-80. Terrence Shannon topped the team with his 27 points and four blocks in 39 minutes of work during the victory.

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Penn State Nittany Lions

Over on the Penn State side, they were under .500 through 20 games with a 9-11 record overall. The Nittany Lions would then beat Rutgers, Indiana and Iowa in the next trio before three straight losses to Northwestern, Michigan State and Nebraska.

Back on Saturday versus Nebraska, the Nittany Lions trailed 28-22 in the locker room. Penn State was outscored 40-27 the rest of the way, limping to a 68-49 defeat. Zach Hicks led the team in the losing effort with his 13 points and six rebounds in 36 minutes.


I’ll just stay with Illinois in this one. The Illini played well enough to win on the road versus a middling Maryland team in their last outing, shooting 48 percent from the field with a 38-33 rebounding deficit. Illinois is scoring pretty well lately with 80 or more points in five straight outings.

As for Penn State, they’ve been below 64 points in two of the last three games but they’ve also hit 80 or more points in three of the last five. The Nittany Lions have a pretty good shot at covering in this one themselves—if they can find some consistency on offense, that is. Ultimately I think Illinois powers it out, but I’m probably staying away.

Andrew’s Pick Illinois Fighting Illini -7.5

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