Where: Bryce Jordan Hall
When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7:00 pm ET
We have a Big Ten matchup to consider for Wednesday evening when the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet the Penn State Nittany Lions for an evening of Big Ten college basketball. Rutgers enters this matchup looking to end a two-game losing streak and Penn State is also mired in a two-game losing streak they would like to end when they host Rutgers.
Rutgers Two Game Losing StreakRutgers is 18-10 overall with a 9-8 record in conference play this season. The Scarlet Knights have won two of its last five games and Wednesday marks game two of a two-game road trip. Rutgers is 1-7 this season on the road and sits in eighth place in the Big Ten and 3.5 games behind conference leader Maryland.
The Scarlet Knights score an average of 69.8 points while allowing 62.2 points per game. Rutgers is shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 30.1 percent from downtown and 65.2 percent from the charity stripe this season.
Rutgers has three players scoring in double figures and are led by sophomore guard Ron Harper Jr. The sophomore guard is scoring 12.2 points with 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Harper is shooting 32.7 percent from long range and scored 21 points with nine rebounds in the Scarlett Knights road loss to Wisconsin.
Penn State Two Game Losing StreakPenn State is 10-6 in conference play with an overall record of 20-7 this season. The Nittany Lions are 13-2 this season at home and have won three of its last five games. Wednesday marks game one of a one-game homestand and the Nittany Lions are in a five-way tie for second place in the conference standings and two-game behind Maryland.
Nittany Lions storm back with 25-4 run with 15 of Stevens’ game-high 29 points in second half, but fall at Indiana, 68-60. Dread scores 10 to help fuel comeback bid and Harrar grabs season-best 10 boards. Recap and stats: https://t.co/sQx8kBoSUZ 🔵🦁⚪ #ClimbWithUs— Penn State Men’s Basketball (@PennStateMBB) February 23, 2020
The Nittany Lions score an average of 76.1 points per game and allow 67.2 points per game this season. Penn State makes 44.2 percent of its field goal attempts, 32.8 percent of its triple tries with a 69.1 percent free-throw shooting percentage.
Penn State has two players scoring in double figures and is led by senior forward Lamar Stevens The senior forward scores an average of 18 points with 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season. Stevens drains 26.6 percent of his triple tries and scored 29 points with six caroms in the Nittany Lions road loss to Indiana.
- Scarlet Knights are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Nittany Lions are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.