Penn State Nittany Lions vs Illinois Fighting Illini 3-3-22

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Illinois Fighting Illini 3/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Illinois Fighting Illini 3/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Penn State Nittany Lions will meet with the #20 Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten Conference clash in State Farm Center Champaign, IL, on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 7:00 PM (EST). After a 23-point blowout defeat to Nebraska, Penn State is now 2 games under .500 on the year.

 

Penn State’s defense was atrocious, as Nebraska scored 93 points in 40 minutes while shooting 58.2 percent from the field and 65 percent from beyond the arc. With 12 points each, Seth Lundy and Jalen Pickett paved the charge for the Penn State starters.

 

Dallion Johnson scored 11 points in 27 minutes while Sam Sessoms, who came off the bench, led the team with 12 points in 22 minutes.

 

According to KenPom, the Nittany Lions are ranked 96th. Their modified defensive efficiency is 67th, while their modified offensive efficiency is 135th. Jalen Pickett (12.8 ppg) leads Penn State’s four double-digit scorers. John Harrar leads the team in rebounding with 10.2 per game and fourth in scoring with 10.6 points per game.

 

  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Penn State’s previous 5 matches.
  • The Penn State Nittany Lions are 6-3 SU in their last 9 matches against Illinois.
  • Penn State is 11-5 ATS in their last 16 matches in the Big Ten Conference.

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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Illinois Fighting Illini Predictions 3/3/2022

 

With a 13-5 record, Illinois is in second place in the Big Ten. After an 8-point win against Michigan on Sunday, Illinois will return home on Thursday night ranked 20th in the country and second in the Big Ten.

 

Senior Kofi Cockburn led the team with 27 points and seven rebounds. The Fighting Illini shot 57 percent to 51 percent from the field and 59 percent to 33 percent from the three-point range, outshooting the Wolverines.

 

According to KenPom, Illinois is ranked 16th in the US. In modified offensive efficiency, they are 16th, while in modified defensive efficiency, they are 34th. Alfonso Plummer makes 15.5 points per game and tops the club with 21.5 points per game and 10.7 rebounds. 

 

  • The University of Illinois Fighting Illini is 4-8 ATS in their last 12 matches.
  • Illinois is 16-3 SU in their last 19 matches at home.
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Illinois’ last 6 matches in the Big Ten Conference.

Penn State Nittany Lions vs #20 Illinois Fighting Illini. The NCAAB pick for this game is the #20 Illinois Fighting Illini. Penn State had a difficult time on the road this season, going 1-8 straight-up and 1-4 against the spread in their previous five games.

 

Although 12 points is a large spread in a conference contest, the Nittany Lions don’t provide many reasons to be optimistic in this situation.

 

Penn State went eight matches without scoring more than 70 points, and it will struggle to stay up with an Illinois team that scored just over 83 points per game in its previous three games. #20 Illinois Fighting Illini will win to a predicted score of 75-61.

 

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NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM (EDT)

 

Location: State Farm Center Champaign, IL

 

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022

 

TV: FS1

 

NCAAB Odds: Illinois -12

 

NCAAB Totals: 134.5

 

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