Looking to win big? The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions face off at 7:00 ET on BTN. The Nittany Lions are hosting the game at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA. Iowa come into this Big Ten conference matchup as the -1.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 161.5 points.


The Pick: Penn State Nittany Lions +1.5

This game will be played at Bryce Jordan Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Nittany Lions.
  • Not only will Penn State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 161.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can the Hawkeyes Deliver Being Favored on the Road?

After winning their last game against Ohio State by a score of 79-77, Iowa comes into this game as the favorite, with a record of 11-2 in 13 games as the favored team. On the road this season, the Hawkeyes are just 2-5, and their average scoring margin is -7.1.

So far this season, the Hawkeyes are 13-9, and in Big Ten play, they are 5-6. In their last 10 games on the road, Iowa has gone 3-7, and over their last five games away from home, they are 2-3.

As the favorite this season, Iowa is just 6-7 against the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 3-4, but over their last 10 road games, they are just 4-6 vs. the spread. In their last three games as the favorite, the Hawkeyes have gone 1-2 vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 161.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Iowa's games this season (160.6), and the over/under record in their games is 14-8. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 154 points, and their OU record in their last 10 games is 6-4.

Coming off their recent game, the Iowa offense tallied 79 points in a matchup against Ohio State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 54.7%, and they made 3 threes. The team's top scorer is Tony Perkins, who comes into today's matchup with an average of 15.7, while Payton Sandfort also maintains a PPG average of 15 leading up to the game.

The Hawkeyes' defense is presently ranked 282nd nationally, allowing an average of 77.2 points per contest. The Iowa defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 77 points and allowed Ohio State to connect on 3 threes.

Will the Nittany Lions Secure A Victory as Home Underdogs?

After winning their last game against Indiana by a score of 85-71, Penn State comes into this game with an 11-11 overall record. They have gone 5-6 in Big Ten games, compared to their 6-5 non-conference record.

At home, the Nittany Lions have gone 9-4 this season, and they have gone 6-4 when they are the underdog. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +10.0.

Overall, Penn State has an ATS record of 10-12 this season. As the underdog, the Nittany Lions have gone 7-5 vs. the spread in 12 games. At home, their ATS record is 6-7 this year and they are 5-5 in their last 10 home games vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Penn State games is 13-8-1, and today's over/under line of 161.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (145.2). So far, 16 of their games have finished with fewer points than today's line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 139 points.

Coming off a good offensive performance, Penn State's offense scored 85 points against Indiana. Their field goal percentage for the game was 57.4%, and they went 11/16 from the free-throw line. The top scorer for the Nittany Lions was Adrian Baldwin Jr with 22 points, while Zach Hicks also added 19 to the scoreboard.

At present, the Nittany Lions' defense is nationally ranked 200th, allowing 73.3 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.9 threes per game vs. Iowa. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.7%.