|Penn State||T Frazier 16.3||R Travis 6.8||D (DJ) Newbill 4.0|
|Iowa||R Devyn Marble 14.4||A White 6.1||A Clemmons 3.9|
Penn State heads to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday to take on Iowa. Tip-off is at 8:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN U. The Nittany Lions are 3-3 against the Hawkeyes over the last four years. The last time they met (2/16/2012) they won 69-64.
Penn State maintains 12th place in the Big Ten while Iowa is in 9th place.
In their last game, Jermaine Marshall put up 16 points in the Nittany Lions 65-51 loss to Ohio State on January 26th. He is averaging 15.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. For the Hawkeyes, Melsahn Basabe finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in the 65-62 loss to Purdue on January 27th. He is averaging 7.3 points per game and leads the team in blocks with 1.1 per game.
Reviewing current performance metrics, Iowa has an edge in two significant categories. One concern is assists, where the Hawkeyes hold the advantage over the Nittany Lions, 16 per game to nine per game. In addition, Iowa has the edge in scoring, 72 points per game to 61 points per game.
- Devonte (DJ) Newbill is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in points and 7th in the Big Ten in assists.
- The Penn State rebounding leader (Ross Travis) has more rebounds than the Iowa rebounding leader (Aaron White).
- Penn State has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Iowa (#47 vs #71).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Penn State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (980 to 947) than Iowa, per the NCAA.
- The Penn State assist leader (Devonte (DJ) Newbill) has more assists than the Iowa assist leader (Anthony Clemmons).
- Penn State has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Iowa (#37 vs #91).
- The Penn State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Iowa (86% vs 55%).
- Penn State is better under pressure, and has defeated Iowa in 6 out of the last 10 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- The Penn State three-point leader (Jermaine Marshall) has more three-pointers than the Iowa three-point leader (Roy Devyn Marble).
- Penn State has a better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (49.68% to 44.67%).