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No. 24 Penn State vs Indiana Preview: Lions Look To Keep Momentum

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The Nittany Lions will go for their third win in a row on Wednesday night

Penn State v Michigan Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images

Penn State is back in the top 25 and looking for another key victory on Wednesday night when they host the 15-5 Indiana Hoosiers. While they are currently unranked, the Hoosiers have spent time in the top-25 this season and will pose a formidable threat to the Nittany Lions at the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday night.

Earlier this month the Nittany Lions lost three games in a row and another January collapse looked inevitable. However, give a ton of credit to Pat Chambers and company as the ship appears to be righted following back-to-back wins over then no. 21 Ohio State and at Michigan. Now, the Nittany Lions are a win over Indiana away from clinching their first ever winning record in the month of January during the Chambers Era.

Scouting the Opposition

After winning four of five, Indiana is coming off a heartbreaking loss. On Sunday, the Hoosiers held a late 76-70 lead over no. 17 Maryland. However, the Terrapins scored the final 7 points of the game on their way to a 77-76 victory.

Indiana’s leading scorer is freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis. The 6-foot-9 Jackson-Davis is averaging 14.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He is also shooting a healthy 61.6% from the field. Jackson-Davis had the ball in his hands in the aforementioned loss to to Maryland, and shot what could have been the game winner had it gone in.

Devonte Green is another player to note for Indiana, whose Assist rate of 20.3% plays into what Indiana wants to do on offense. Inside, Joey Brunk could spell trouble for the Nittany Lions, as he’s a rebounding machine on both ends of the floor.

While the Hoosiers saw a ton of threes fall on Sunday, that’s not usually their game. They do, however like to go inside out quite often, something that the Nittany Lions need to be aware of.

What To Watch For

Inside out game - As mentioned above, Indiana likes to play inside then get the ball out as the defense collapses. This is very similar to how Minnesota likes to play, but unlike Minnesota, they don’t make as many threes.

Tempo - The Hoosiers aren’t as slow as Wisconsin, but they do like to slow the game down. Penn State needs to control the pace from start to finish.

Fouling - Fouls have become a bit of a problem as of late for the Lions, and this game could very well be decided at the line. Make your shots when you have the opportunity, avoid giving the other team 20+ shots at the charity stripe, as it’s been the case in three of the past five games.

Prediction

Penn State and Indiana have had some close games as of late. The Hoosiers have won the previous four contests. The biggest difference in each has been the Lions’ shooting woes. I don’t think there will be any shooting woes this time around. Penn State 75, Indiana 68.