Monday college basketball odds: No. 5 Indiana at Penn State
Preseason No. 1 team Indiana is the only Big Ten team to play its first two conference games on the road. The Hoosiers avoided a big upset last week at Iowa and now travel to Penn State on Monday night. IU opened as a 16-point WagerWeb.com favorite. Check our current lines.
Indiana escaped Iowa 69-65 last Monday. Cody Zeller had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Victor Oladipo scored 14 points for the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-0), who snapped a four-game losing streak in Iowa City and have now won four straight since losing to Butler two weeks ago. The versatile Oladipo was huge again for the Hoosiers in the final moments. He beat the shot clock with a putback with 1:04 left to put the Hoosiers up 65-60. He also made two key free throws with 26 seconds to go to make it a two-possession game. The Hoosiers went just 3-6 on the road in the league last year, so this one was big for them.
Penn State, which lost leading scorer and All-Big Ten guard Tim Frazier for the season earlier this year, opened conference play with a 60-51 loss at Wisconsin on Jan. 3. Penn State (8-5, 0-1 Big Ten) trailed 50-49 with under 3 minutes left. But the Badgers finished the game on an 11-2 run, finally finding their shooting touch from the free-throw line. They hit just 9 of their first 20 from the line but converted 4 of 6 in the final minutes. Jermaine Marshall scored 19 points for Penn State, while D.J. Newbill added 12. PSU attempted one free throw compared to 26 for UW.
Newbill is the only Big Ten player to rank in the top 15 in scoring, rebounding and assists in the conference statistics. He leads the Lions posting 15.5 ppg (7th in the Big Ten) and ranks ninth in the Big Ten in assists (3.9) and 13th in rebounding (6.3).
The Hoosiers won three meetings last year, including 75-58 in the Big Ten Tournament in the last meeting and an 88-82 thriller on the strength of 16 threes in the Jordan Center. IU owns a 31-9 lead in the series, but Penn State has won six of the last 10 meetings. Penn State has lost its last eight games vs. ranked teams and is 1-11 vs. ranked squads under Patrick Chambers knocking off No. 22 Illinois in the BJC last year. A victory over No. 5 Purdue in 1998 marks the highest ranked foe ever to fall at the Jordan Center.
WagerWeb.com trends: Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. Under is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings. Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Penn St..