Illinois Fighting Illini vs Penn State Nittany Lions: Big Ten Faceoff on Feb 21

The upcoming Big Ten showdown will see the 12th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini tackling the Penn State Nittany Lions on February 21. Their track records show Illinois in the lead, claiming victories in seven of their recent ten games, while Penn State has faced defeat in five of eight past events.

The match is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET, with Illinois leading the odds at 7.5 points advantage, and an over/under total score prediction set at 156.

Currently, the scoring average for the Illinois team stands at 83.1 points per game, compared to Penn State’s 74.8. The common prediction compiled by SportsLine gives Illinois the winning edge.

Fighting Illini can bank on Coleman Hawkins, who has consistently delivered double-figure scores in the former four matches. Quincy Guerrier, though new to the team, has shown promise.

However, Penn State, now without top scorer Kanye Clary, is expected to rely on the prowess of senior guard Ace Baldwin Jr. and junior guard Nick Kern Jr.

In a simulation by SportsLine’s model, it is projected that the final points tally will reach 149, with one team’s spread expected to exceed 50% in most instances.

For an in-depth prediction, head over to SportsLine.