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Iowa Basketball Matchup First Look: Penn State

Can the Hawkeyes get to 4-straight wins in their return home?

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Penn State may be struggling, but Myreon Jones and the Lions are still a tough out.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes got another big time road win on Thursday night as they traded punches with #21 Wisconsin before pulling away for a 77-62 win in Madison. Less than a week after pummeling Michigan State by more than 30 in East Lansing, the Hawkeyes now hold road wins over the Badgers and Spartans for the first time since 1988.

Now they get to return home for a matchup against a feisty Penn State team that led #4 Ohio State by as many as 7 in the second half on Thursday night. The Nittany Lions are riding a 3-game losing streak and have dropped four of their last five, but remain a tough out. Beside hanging with the Buckeyes late into the second half, they also took down #14 Wisconsin less than a month ago and two of their last three losses have come by a combined 3 points.

As we get ready for Sunday’s matchup, here’s your first look at how Iowa stacks up with Penn State.

Matchup: Penn State Nittany Lions (7-11, 4-10) at #11 Iowa Hawkeyes (16-6, 10-5)
When: Sunday, February 21st at 4:00 pm CT
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena - Iowa City, IA
Video Streaming:
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (click to find your local station)
Audio Streaming: TuneIn Radio

Statistical Overview


Points Per Game: 87.0
Points Allowed Per Game: 73.0
Rebounds Per Game: 40.9
Assists Per Game: 19.6
Blocks Per Game: 4.4
Steals Per Game: 5.6

Penn State

Points Per Game: 73.0
Points Allowed Per Game: 73.8
Rebounds Per Game: 35.8
Assists Per Game: 12.8
Blocks Per Game: 2.5
Steals Per Game: 5.6

Statistical Leaders


Scoring: Luka Garza 24.7 PPG
Rebounds: Luka Garza 8.4 RPG
Assists: Jordan Bohannon 4.6 APG

Penn State

Scoring: Myreon Jones 15.1 PPG
Rebounds: John Harrar 8.7 RPG
Assists: Jamari Wheeler 3.4 APG

Advanced Stats

Adjusted Offense
IOWA 128.4 (1) PENN STATE 113.6 (26)
Adjusted Defense
IOWA 98.0 (92) PENN STATE 96.0 (58)
Adjusted Tempo
IOWA 69.4 (110) PENN STATE 68.7 (148)
Adjusted Efficiency Margin
IOWA +30.36 (3) PENN STATE +17.57 (39)

Projected Outcome

Final: Iowa 86, Penn State 75
Total Possessions: 70
Win Likelihood Percentage: 85%

Note: Advanced stats are taken from National rankings are provided following each metric. Adjusted offense and defense metrics measure the points scored per 100 possessions, adjusted for quality of opponent, location and when it was played (more recent gets more weighting). Adjusted tempo is defined as total possessions divided by minutes, adjusted for schedule considering the preferred pace of each team.