|Iowa||A White 13.5||A White 5.9||A Clemmons 3.7|
|Penn State||T Frazier 16.3||R Travis 7.1||D (DJ) Newbill 4.0|
On Thursday, Iowa travels to Bryce Jordan Center to take on Penn State. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN U. The Hawkeyes beat the Nittany Lions 76-67 on Jan. 31 and are 4-3 against them over the last four years.
Iowa is eigth in the conference and Penn State is 12th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
The 21 points and 5 rebounds by Roy Devyn Marble helped the Hawkeyes to a 71-57 victory over Northwestern on Feb. 9. He is averaging 13.2 points and 4 rebounds per game. For the Nittany Lions, Devonte (DJ) Newbill finished with 17 points in the 67-53 loss to Nebraska on Feb. 9. He averages 15.8 points per game in addition to a team-best 4 assists per game.
In terms of team stats, Iowa has an advantage in two key areas. The Hawkeyes will put a stronger offensive effort on the floor with an edge against the Nittany Lions in assists, 16 per game to 9 per game. In addition, Iowa has an advantage in scoring, 72 points per game to 60 points per game. A key area of strength for Penn State is defensive rebounding percentage at 73.9 percent, which ranks first in their conference (and 11th nationally).
Penn State StatSmack
- Boom! Iowa defeated Penn State by 9 points the last time they played (Jan 31, 2013).
- Iowa is a better three-point shooting team (29.6 percent vs. 26.7 percent) than Penn State this season.
- AP voters think more highly of Iowa and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Penn State (25 vs. three).
- Be afraid. Iowa has blown out more teams than Penn State this season (seven blowouts vs. one).
- Iowa attacks the glass, with more rebounds (39.9 per game vs. 35.8 per game) than Penn State this season.
- Iowa has an average margin of victory of 13 over Penn State in 22 wins since 1992.
- Iowa has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Penn State ($22,684 vs. $28,680).
- Iowa is better at defending the three (28.5 percent allowed vs. 35.7 percent allowed) than Penn State this season.
- Iowa has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Penn State ($33,134 vs. $36,844).
- Diaper Dandies love Iowa. Iowa has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Penn State (11 vs. 0).
- It's only wins and losses, but Iowa has a better overall record than Penn State this season (15-9 vs. 8-15).