Barring a (not so) minor miracle, Iowa’s chances of winning the Big Ten regular season title died earlier this week following a loss at Michigan State and Maryland + Penn State getting wins on Wednesday evening. But the Hawkeyes still have a top-4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament in play and that’s significant.
To move into position for a double bye, Iowa needs to win its final three games. That starts on Saturday as the Hawkeyes host #16 Penn State. The Nittany Lions had been struggling, dropping games to Illinois and at Indiana, but got back on track on Wednesday with a win over Rutgers. Penn State won the first matchup between these two in a battle at the Palestra in Philadelphia where Iowa first lost CJ Fredrick. Now the question remains whether they’ll have the sharpshooter back in the lineup for the rematch in Iowa City.
Here’s your quick look at the matchup between Iowa and Penn State.
Who: #18 Iowa Hawkeyes (19-9, 10-7) vs #16 Penn State Nittany Lions (21-7, 11-6)
When: 11:00 am CT
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena - Iowa City, IA
Previous Matchup: Takeaways from the Hawkeyes’ 89-86 defeat at The Palestra
KenPom Adjusted Offense
Penn State: 37
KenPom Adjusted Defense
Penn State: 15
Iowa 78, Penn State 75
Note: Projected score is per KenPom.com.