In his third season as coach of Illinois, Brad Underwood has the Illini clicking towards March Madness. Underwood took over a demoralized program with players not committed to doing what it takes to win. Now that he has his kind of guys the Illini have become a top tier Big Ten Conference contender. Illinois plays a full-court game to make for one of the most complete teams in the country. In like manner, this has been a dream season for Penn State. Nittany Lion backers have made strong profits for College Basketball Bets.
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
|Date and Time:||Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:30 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania|
|Illinois vs. Penn State TV Coverage:||FS1|
|College Basketball Bets odds at SBG:||Click Here|
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Overview
Penn State is in a position to achieve a once-unthinkable goal of a Big Ten title. Late on the Nittany Lions are on fire with eight sports betting payouts in their last nine games. Penn State is 20-5 straight up, 16-8-1 against the spread, and 13-12 over the total. Overall national metrics have the Nits ranked 36th for scoring offense and 128th for points allowed.
By contrast, the Fighting Illini has cooled off with one cover in their last four games. Illinois is 16-9 straight up, 12-11 vs. the odds, and 9-14 under the total. The Illini rank 128th for scoring offense and 66th for points allowed.
Key Fighting Illini: G Ayo Dosunmu (15.8 PTS, 4.3 REB, 3.3 AST, 47.0 FGPCT, 79.5 FTPCT, 30.0 3PPCT), C Kofi Cockburn (13.6 PTS, 9.0 REB, 0.7 AST, 51.7 FGPCT, 66.9 FTPCT, 0.0 3PPCT), G Andres Feliz (11.2 PTS, 4.8 REB, 2.8 AST, 48.3 FGPCT, 79.3 FTPCT, 27.9 3PPCT)
Key Nittany Lions: F Lamar Stevens (17.7 PTS, 6.8 REB, 2.3 AST, 45.7 FGPCT, 73.1 FTPCT, 28.4 3PPCT), G Myreon Jones (14.1 PTS, 3.0 REB, 3.0 AST, 45.8 FGPCT, 77.6 FTPCT, 41.3 3PPCT), F Mike Watkins (10.0 PTS, 8.0 REB, 0.6 AST, 56.1 FGPCT, 54.1 FTPCT, 0.0 3PPCT)
Illinois and Penn State Against the Spread
The Fighting Illini are:
- 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 road games
- 2-8 under the total away from home
- 2-7 vs. the line at Penn State
- 1-5 under the total on the road against the Nittany Lions
- 5-2 on the board in their last seven games as a dog
- 2-5 under the total when getting points
The Nittany Lions are:
- 3-4-2 against the spread in their last nine games as a chalk
- 1-4 under the total when laying points
- 5-3-1 on the board in their last nine games at home
- 5-3 over the total at Bryce Jordan Center
- 7-0 with the line head to head against the Fighting Illini
- 3-10 under the total head to head vs. Illinois
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Penn State Nittany Lions College Basketball Bets Picks
As was previously noted the Nittany Lions have a strong record for College Basketball Bets against Illinois. Matchup wise the Nittany Lions have the superior offensive firepower. PSU has also been one of the best board values in the country.
Illinois vs. Penn State College Basketball Bet Pick: Penn State Nittany Lions
Illinois vs. Penn State College Basketball Bets Score Prediction: Penn State 78, Illinois 69