Penn State vs. Illinois College Basketball Predictions Against The Spread

Big Second Half Pushes PSU Past Hobart

Set three saw Penn State close hard as the Lions took the set 25-20 sweeping the Red Flash 3-0 in the EIVA opener. The Nittany Lions haven't had a winning record in conference play in almost eight years and haven't made an NCAA tournament appearance since 2011.

Gophers guard and forward Destiny Pitts dribbles the ball during Minnesota's game against Penn State on Sunday.

IL showed up for much of the first half against Penn State at State Farm Center on Sunday, but it was unable to overcome a sluggish start following halftime as the home team scored just 16 points in the half.

The Gophers shot 50.7 percent from the field and out-rebounded Penn State by a 53-to-34 margin.

The Nittany Lions finished with a ideal 9-0 conference record and are 13-0 overall on the season.

Over the past several years, Penn State hasn't made a lot of noise in the Big Ten.

Senior guard Shep Garner nailed a 3-pointer, and then on the ensuing inbound pass, senior guard Mark Alstork committed a violation.

The Nittany Lions pushed the lead to 10 when Carr's 3-pointer capped a 9-0 run to open the second half that made it 46-36 with 13:29 to play. Leron Black has been leading IL with 14.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while Trent Frazier is adding 12.5 points and 2.8 assists per contest. The Nittany Lions completely stifled the IL offense and held the Illini to just 16 points in the second half.

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Leron Black is the top IL scorer this season with 14.3 PPG and 5.4 RPG.

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The Nittany Lions won three of the five singles matches thanks to winning efforts by Gabby O'Gorman, Samantha Smith and Bennett Dunn. The result was a 74-52 victory that kept alive the Nittany Lions' NCAA Tournament hopes. Their eight wins in conference play are the most ever under Chambers. He has been Illinois' best player in conference play, and without a strong performance from him the Illini clearly struggled.

Junior Teniya Page (Chicago, Ill.) moved up two spots in the career scoring list with a 22-point effort against the Gophers.

IL is coming off a 78-69 loss to Wisconsin.

- Wagner's 72 3-pointers this year are tied for seventh most in a season at Minnesota with Shannon Schonrock in 2003-04. The yearly tradition was created by Towson coach Pat Skerry and South Florida assistant coach Tom Herrion, both of whom have sons on the autism spectrum, in 2014.

The Gophers reached the triple-digit mark in points for the fifth time this season and first time in Big Ten play. Penn State wouldn't get any closer the rest of the way. "Especially coming off a big road win versus Purdue".

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