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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes 2/29/2020 Odds, Picks and NCAAB Spread
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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes 2/29/2020 – The Penn State Nittany Lions face the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday, looking to continue its bid at winning the Big Ten regular-season title. College basketball lines favor the Nittany Lions as they try to break out of a three-way tie for second place. The Hawkeyes are also trying to catch up to Penn State, currently sixth in the conference. The last time the two teams met, it was Penn State prevailing at home, 89-86.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes 2/29/2020
Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State Nittany Lions are looking for answers after dropping consecutive games. They are coming off a win at home but it took the heroics of Myles Dread to save them. Currently the 4th seed in the East, the Lions are looking to break out of a logjam at the second spot. Lamar Stevens is expected to lead the team anew and there is a chance that Myreon Jones returns to active duty. While their offense seems fine, improving defensively could help. They are allowing teams 67.1 points and may need to adjust against Iowa.
Players to watch: L. Stevens F (28 GP 30.5 MIN 17.6 PTS 6.8 REB 2.1 AST 1.2 STL 1.2 BLK 2.6 TO 44.3 FG% 73.2 FT% 27.2 3PT%), M. Jones G (22 GP 29.5 MIN 14.1 PTS 3 REB 3 AST 1.3 STL 0.1 BLK 1.5 TO 45.8 FG% 77.6 FT% 41.3 3PT%), M. Watkins F (28 GP 21 MIN 9.8 PTS 7.7 REB 0.5 AST 0.8 STL 2.3 BLK 1.1 TO 55 FG% 53.8 FT% 0 3PT%).
Currently at no. 6, Iowa knows it can go higher if they pull off wins. This will be in their minds against Penn State. They are coming off a loss against Michigan State and try to bounce back. Luka Garza will need to continue on offense with help coming from guys like Ryan Kriener. C.J. Fredrick could be back from an ankle injury, giving the Hawkeyes more offensive options. But Iowa needs to play better defense against the Nittany Lions. Allowing teams 72.1 points may not work if they want to pull off this one.
Players to watch: L. Garza C (28 GP 31.3 MIN 23.6 PTS 9.6 REB 1.1 AST 0.8 STL 1.6 BLK 1.8 TO 55 FG% 64.4 FT% 36.1 3PT%), J. Wieskamp G (28 GP 32.4 MIN 14.5 PTS 6.1 REB 1.6 AST 1.1 STL 0.5 BLK 1.5 TO 43.7 FG% 83.8 FT% 35.5 3PT%), C. Fredrick G (22 GP 28.1 MIN 10.7 PTS 2 REB 2.6 AST 0.8 STL 0.2 BLK 1.4 TO 49.7 FG% 78.6 FT% 46.7 3PT%).
Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Predictions
Penn State Nittany Lions
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Penn State’s last 10 games.
Iowa is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Picks
Two teams with a lot on the line should make this match interesting. But basketball lines tilt the favor slightly in the direction of the Nittany Lions. The Hawkeyes are no pushovers so a different outcome is not farfetched. It may all boil down to the team that plays better on both ends of the floor.
Moneyline: +158 is set for the Nittany Lions and -180 is set for the Hawkeyes.
ATS: Look for the spread of +4 for Penn State and -4 for Iowa
Totals: Over 154.5 is out for the Nittany Lions and under 154.5 is out for the Hawkeyes.
Score Prediction: 77-71, Penn State Nittany Lions.