Penn State Basketball travels to Champaign, Illinois to take on their last ranked opponent of the regular season, the No. 20 Illinois Fighting Illini.
Penn State basketball, led by head coach Micah Shrewsberry, and returning starters Seth Lundy and friend of VBR John Harrar (download his app!) hit the road to take on #20 Illinois Fighting Illini today, Thursday March 3rd (3/3/2022) at 7:00 pm in the State Farm Center in Champaign, IL at 7:00 pm on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).
No. 20 Illinois (20-8, 13-5) is tied for second in the conference, and could win at least a share of the regular season conference title by winning out paired with at least one Wisconsin loss.
This is a high scoring team with two separate four game conference winning streaks. The Illini are led by NBA prospect Kofi Cockburn, leading the team with 21.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
Illinois has three guards scoring in double digits (Alfonso Plummer, Trent Frazier and Jacob Grandison) and Frazier also adds 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The Illini are experienced with Frazier and Cockburn and shoot almost 37% from three as a team. They average almost 77 points a game, nearly 12 points higher than the Nittany Lions allow.
Everything you need to know about Penn State Basketball at Illinois:
KenPom: Penn State 96, Illinois 16
NET Rankings: Penn State 94, Nebraska 14
Penn State at Illinois University Injury Updates
Greg Lee finally returned to the floor during Sunday’s debacle vs Nebraska and is no longer listed on the injury report.
Out for the Fighting Illini will be Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk (concussion), AJ Melendez (appendix) and Austin Hutcherson (hernia). Together, the three missing Illinois players average just over 5.0 points per game.
Penn State at Illinois University Betting Odds
The Nittany Lions are listed as a 13.0 point underdogs, the largest spread they’ve faced in weeks. The over/under is 133.5 and Penn State is a +650 underdog.
Penn State Basketball at Illinois University Prediction
ESPN’s BPI gives Penn State Basketball a paltry 7.7% chance of winning.
Penn State Basketball has one, yes you read that correctly, one road win this year.
Odds of winning in front of the Orange Crush? Not super likely.
The Lions had hung it’s hat on defense all year, until last place Nebraska hung a 93 ball on them on Sunday. So which team shows up?
The talent gap between Nebraska and this Illinois team is wide, so this has all the makings of another blow out. But before Sunday, Penn State was really only blown out at Indiana this year. Even games that finished with large margins (at Michigan State, at Iowa), were close for at least some part of the game.
It’s unlikely Penn State will be able to pull off the upset and with Illinois University’s spring break not until next week, the students should be there in full force. Can the Nittany Lions keep it respectable?
In short, probably not.
Illinois 77 – Penn State 63.
Penn State Basketball Schedule & Next Game
3/6/2022: Penn State Basketball at Rutgers, 12:00 pm on BTN
Big Ten Tournament (likely 3/9)
What Time is the Penn State Basketball Game?
Penn State Basketball tips off at Illinois, 7:00 pm Thursday (March 3rd, 2022) on FS1.
Penn State Basketball at Illinois live stream info:
Penn State Basketball at Illinois can be live-streamed using FuboTV.