Illinois vs Penn State 2020 College Basketball Betting Lines & Game Preview

Illinois vs Penn State 2020 College Basketball Betting Lines & Game Preview

Written by on February 18, 2020

For the first time in decades, Penn State will take the court as a Top-10 team on Tuesday when the No. 9 Nittany Lions host a struggling Illinois side in Big Ten action. PSU is favored on the Mybookie NCAAB odds. Let’s see how the College Basketball betting odds will be for the Illinois vs Penn State.

Illinois vs Penn State 2020 College Basketball Betting Lines & Game Preview

Illinois vs Penn State Season Series

This is the only scheduled meeting between the teams. Last year, PSU was 2-0 vs. Illinois. It was 72-56 at home. Josh Reaves dominated with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Reaves made 10 of 17 field-goal attempts to lead the Nittany Lions in a game they led for all but 3:23 of the second half. He added four steals, two assists and a block. Penn State trailed 32-31 at halftime but Reaves scored 11 of Penn State’s first 16 points in the second and his fourth 3-pointer gave Penn State a lead it wouldn’t relinquish just over three minutes into the half. Ayo Dosunmo and Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored 16 points apiece for Illinois.

Illinois leads the overall series vs. Penn State 28-19. The Illini have an 11-10 edge over the Nittany Lions in University Park.

Why Bet on Illinois?

The Illini (16-9, 8-6) lost their fourth in a row Saturday, 72-57 at Rutgers. Ron Harper hit all five of his 3-pointers and scored 27 points, and Rutgers remained unbeaten at home. Illinois played without leading scorer Ayo Dosunmu (15.8 points). The sophomore guard hurt his left knee at the final buzzer in a loss against Michigan State last Tuesday night. There was no structural damage, and he made the road trip, watching the game in sweats.

“Without our alpha, we competed, but you can’t shoot 26% on the road (second half) and win,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. “Give the Rutgers defense a lot of credit for that. They deserve that.”

Alan Griffin scored 14 points and Kofi Cockburn had his 10th double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Illinois. It was just the second-ever win for Rutgers over Illinois, snapping a four-game series winning streak for the Illini. Illinois leads the all-time series 7-2.

For this one, Illinois is looking to end a six-game skid against Penn State. Illinois’ last victory over the Nittany Lions was Jan. 31, 2015 in Champaign. The Illini’s last win at the Jordan Center, meanwhile, came on Feb. 9, 2014.

Illinois has dropped 18 straight against Top 25 opponents in true road games. Illinois beat No. 13 Maryland last season at Madison Square Garden, but the Illini’s last victory on a ranked team’s home court was a 66-63 win at No. 24 Iowa on March 8, 2014, on a Jon Ekey three with :00.5 left.

Illinois’ last road win over a Top-10 team was an 85-73 victory at No. 10 Gonzaga on Dec. 8, 2012. The Illini’s last conference road win against a Top-10 team, meanwhile, was a 71-67 OT victory at No. 9 Purdue on Dec. 30, 2008. Illinois has won three Big Ten road games, tied with Michigan State and Wisconsin for third-most in the league behind Penn State and Maryland (4 apiece).

Team Stats

  • Total Score: 72.96
  • Field Goal %: 44.26
  • Three Point %: 31.14
  • Free Throw %: 73.52
  • Total Rebounds: 40.12


  • Total Score: 65.2
  • Field Goal %: 41.59
  • Three Point %: 33.33
  • Free Throw %: 69.67
  • Total Rebounds: 31.44

Why Bet on Penn State?

The Lions (20-5, 10-4 Big Ten) won their eighth in a row Saturday, 77-61 over Northwestern. They’ve arrived at 20 wins sooner than any other season in program history.

Four Nittany Lions finished in double figures in the 13th home win of the 2019-20 season with senior forward Lamar Stevens leading the charge with 23. Penn State’s No. 2 all-time scorer, Stevens now has 2,103 career points. Stevens is one of only two active Division I players with at least 2,100 career points and 800 career rebounds.

The Nittany Lions connected on 11 3-point field goals vs. the Wildcats, their second-straight game with double-figures in treys, and crashed the boards with a +12 margin at 42-30. Senior forward Mike Watkins had a game-high nine rebounds.

Sophomore Myles Dread had four 3-pointers in his second-consecutive game and finished with a season-best 16 points. Junior guard Jamari Wheeler also turned in a season-best with 11 points, making a career-best three 3-pointers.

Penn State guard Myreon Jones missed his third straight game with an illness but appears to be on the mend. Jones shot around with his teammates before the game and was on the bench. Coach Patrick Chambers said Jones is getting healthier, but that Penn State wouldn’t rush their No. 2 shooter back.

“I think we need to ease him back,” Chambers said.

The Nittany Lions earned their 10th Big Ten Conference victory Saturday, the second-highest Big Ten win total in program history. The 1995-96 team finished with 12 wins and the 2008-09 team had 10, both in seasons with 18 league games.

Team Stats

  • Total Score: 77.52
  • Field Goal %: 44.67
  • Three Point %: 33.61
  • Free Throw %: 69.23
  • Total Rebounds: 39.08


  • Total Score: 67.36
  • Field Goal %: 40.05
  • Three Point %: 31.76
  • Free Throw %: 68.34
  • Total Rebounds: 37.12

Illinois vs Penn State Betting Trends

  • Illinois are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games against Penn State.
  • Illinois are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Penn State.
  • Penn State are 17-1 SU in their last 18 games at home.
  • Penn State are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Big Ten.

Illinois vs Penn State Expert Prediction

Penn State 76, Illinois 67