Wednesday college basketball odds: Penn State at No. 7 Indiana
Can Penn State get its first Big Ten win of the season on Wednesday night in Bloomington? Highly doubtful as the Nittany Lions, the only Big Ten winless team, opened as whopping 26-point underdogs on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
Penn State has been competitive in a few of its games in starting 0-6 in Big Ten play. That was the case last time out, a 68-64 victory over Nebraska on Jan. 19. Jermaine Marshall scored all of his 18 points in the second half for the Nittany Lions (8-10, 0-6). Penn State trailed by three points with 24 seconds left in the game before Nebraska’s Brandon Ubel was called for a flagrant foul on D.J. Newbill. The foul gave Penn State two extra free throws. Newbill made one of two free throws and Ross Travis missed the next two from the line. Newbill failed to convert on two more free throws in the final 14 seconds, helping the Huskers escape with the victory.
Indiana bounced back from a home loss to Wisconsin early last week with a 67-59 win at Northwestern on Saturday. Cody Zeller scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Jordan Hulls added 15 points, Christian Watford scored 14 and the Hoosiers (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) hung on after things got tense down the stretch. Zeller, the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, hit nine of 10 free throws and dominated inside as Indiana pounded the Wildcats 36-24 on the glass.
Indiana and Florida are the only teams in the country that rank in the top 10 in field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. IU is fifth in field goal percentage (50.2) and Florida is ninth (49.1). IU is seventh in field goal percentage defense (37.0) while Florida is fifth (36.1). Indiana leads the nation in scoring differential (23.8), free throws made (372) and free throws attempted (501) and are second in scoring (84.4).
The two teams played on Jan. 7, with IU capturing a 74-51 win at PSU. Indiana built a 19-point lead in the first half behind the inside-out game of Watford (16 points) and the quick-release jumpers of Jordan Hulls (14 points).IU has won the last four meetings between the two teams.
WagerWeb.com trends: Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Indiana. Under is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings. Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.