There are plenty of great games in the world of college basketball this week, with plenty of opportunities to win some money. The best college basketball betting game of the week will take place in the Big Ten Conference on Saturday when the Iowa Hawkeyes host the Penn State Nittany Lions. These are two of the top teams in the Big Ten Conference, and this game will affect seeding in the Big Ten Tournament.
Iowa enters the week having won three of their last four games to improve to 10-6 overall in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes are 19-8 on the season, and they are also playing to improve their record in the NCAA Tournament. Penn State has lost two straight games, and they are starting to slide down the standings in the Big Ten Conference. The Nittany Lions are still 10-6 in conference play, but they need a win in this game.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging over 78 points per game this season, and that number is even higher when playing on their home floor. Iowa shoots a ton of three-point shots, and they are willing to play at a fast tempo. The Hawkeyes do allow close to 72 points per game, but they are banking on the fact that they can outscore their opponents.
Center Luka Garza might be the Most Outstanding Player in the Big Ten Conference this season, and he is improving his draft stock with every week. Garza is scoring close to 24 points per game this season, and he can score in a variety of ways. Joe Wieskamp and CJ Frederick give the Hawkeyes two other terrific scorers on the perimeter, but Garza will be the main man in this game.
Penn State has a terrific player of their own in Lamar Stevens, but he needs some help from his teammates in this game. The Nittany Lions are scoring 76 points per game, but that number has been going down in a hurry. Penn State is averaging just 58 points per game during this recent losing streak, and shooting has been an issue. The Nittany Lions have defended well this year, holding opponents to 67 points per game.
Stevens leads team with 18.0 points per game, but he has also struggled over the last two games. Opposing teams are starting to send extra defenders his way, and it has really gotten him out of his rhythm. Mike Watkins is shooting 55 percent from the floor to lead Penn State, but he will have a tough matchup against Garza. Iowa isn’t the greatest defensive team in the conference, but Penn State won’t have an easy time of it.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are having maybe the best season in school history, but they have started to falter down the stretch. Penn State is a tough team to beat on their home floor, they have struggled at times on the road. Iowa has been almost impossible to stop of late, and their offense is going to be the difference in this game. The Big Ten Conference has delivered all season long, and this will be another classic game. Bet the Iowa Hawkeyes over the Penn State Nittany Lions in this Big Ten Showdown on Saturday.