Penn State vs. Indiana: Full Game Preview
|Penn State||T Frazier 16.3||R Travis 7.2||D (DJ) Newbill 4.1|
|Indiana||C Zeller 17.2||C Zeller 8.2||K Ferrell 4.8|
No. 7 Indiana plays host to Penn State at Assembly Hall (IN) on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and you can see it on Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers beat the Nittany Lions 74-51 on January 7th and are 5-5 against them over the last four years.
Indiana is in 2nd place in the conference, Penn State is in 12th place.
In their last game, Cody Zeller put up 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Hoosiers 67-59 win over Northwestern on January 20th. He leads the team in points with 17.2 per game, rebounds with 8.2 per game, and blocks with 1.3 per game. For the Nittany Lions, Jermaine Marshall finished with 18 points in the 68-64 loss to Nebraska on January 19th. He is averaging 15.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Indiana looks to have the advantage in three significant areas. With the edge in assists (16 per game to nine per game), the Hoosiers should find themselves in a good position on offense. Indiana also has an advantage in scoring, 84 points per game to 62 points per game. Finally, the Hoosiers have the upper hand in field goal percentage as well, 50% to 39%. Penn State will hope to exploit their strength in defensive rebounding percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 75.4 in this area ranks 1st in the conference and 4th in the country.
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- We beat real teams. Indiana has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Penn State this season (3 vs 1).
- Diaper Dandies love us. Indiana has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Penn State (19 vs 0).
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Indiana has had more players drafted by the NBA than Penn State (3 vs 0).
- Indiana is a better shooting team (51.0% vs 40.9%) than Penn State this season.
- Indiana does a better job contesting shots (36.1% allowed vs 40.7% allowed) than Penn State this season.
- The Indiana rebounding leader (Cody Zeller) has more rebounds than the Penn State rebounding leader (Ross Travis).
- Indiana has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.652 to 0.489).
- Even computers respect Indiana more. We have a better RPI this season than Penn State (RPI: #15 vs #127).
- Indiana has a more potent offense, scoring more points (87.9 per game vs 65.4 per game) than Penn State this season.
- At least you keep showing up. Indiana has an average margin of victory of 14 over Penn State in 30 wins since 1981.
- Indiana has a better scoring defense (59.6 allowed per game vs 65.9 allowed per game) than Penn State this season.