Penn State vs Illinois Prediction NCAAB Picks 2/21

Penn State vs Illinois Prediction NCAAB Picks 2/21

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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Penn State Nittany Lions: Preview and Prediction

Don't miss out on the action-packed showdown between the Illinois Fighting Illini (19-6, 10-4 CONF) and the Penn State Nittany Lions (12-14, 6-9 CONF) on February 21, 2024, at 4:30 PM at Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA. Tune in to BTN to catch every thrilling moment live.

 

Team Reviews

Illinois Fighting Illini (19-6)

The Illinois Fighting Illini are in impressive form with a stellar 19-6 record, demonstrating their dominance in the Big Ten Conference. Led by the scoring prowess of T. Shannon Jr. and the rebounding excellence of Q. Guerrier, the Illini have been formidable on both ends of the court. With recent victories over MD and MICH, Illinois enters the matchup with confidence and determination to extend their winning streak.

Last 5 Games:

  • @ MD: W85-80
  • vs MICH: W97-68
  • @ MSU: L88-80
  • vs NEB: W87-84 OT
  • @ OSU: W87-75

 

Penn State Nittany Lions (12-14)

The Penn State Nittany Lions have had a challenging season with a 12-14 record, struggling to find consistency in their performance. Despite the efforts of K. Clary and A. Baldwin Jr., the Lions have faced difficulties against tougher opponents. With three consecutive losses, Penn State faces an uphill battle against the formidable Illinois team.

Last 5 Games:

  • @ NEB: L68-49
  • vs MSU: L80-72
  • @ NU: L68-63
  • vs IOWA: W89-79
  • @ IU: W85-71

 

Illinois vs Penn State Odds

Team Spread Total Moneyline
Illinois Fighting Illini -7.5 (-110) o156.5 (-115) -340
Penn State Nittany Lions +7.5 (-105) u156.5 (-105) +270

 

Prediction

Anticipate a dominant performance from the Illinois Fighting Illini as they face the struggling Penn State Nittany Lions. With a significant advantage in both talent and recent form, Illinois is poised to secure a convincing victory and cover the -7.5 points spread.

Throughout the season, Illinois has demonstrated their ability to win by a substantial margin, boasting an average margin of victory of 13 points. Against a Penn State team that has struggled defensively, Illinois' high-powered offense led by T. Shannon Jr. is expected to exploit any weaknesses and establish an early lead.

Defensively, Illinois has the capability to limit Penn State's scoring opportunities and control the pace of the game. With Q. Guerrier dominating the boards and M. Domask facilitating the offense, Illinois will maintain their offensive efficiency while suffocating Penn State's offense.

Considering Illinois' recent performances and their track record of dominating opponents, expect them to win convincingly and cover the spread against Penn State. Illinois' depth, talent, and determination will be too much for Penn State to handle, resulting in a comfortable victory for the Illini.

 

Pick: Illinois Fighting Illini to Win and Cover the Spread (-7.5)

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