Penn State vs. Illinois College Basketball Predictions Against The Spread

Iowa’s Alex Marinelli glances at the clock during a bout at Carver Hawkeye Arena earlier this season

Iowa’s Alex Marinelli glances at the clock during a bout at Carver Hawkeye Arena earlier this season

Sophomore guard Gadiva Hubbard led the effort with 25 points, tying a season high.

The Illini scored a season-low 16 points, and shot just 27.3 percent from the field, in the second half.

The Gophers (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) also reached the triple-digit scoring mark for the fifth time this season but first in Big Ten play in exactly two years, since a 110-73 victory at Nebraska on February 11, 2016.

It also marks the first time UNI (6-4, 3-2) has beaten Iowa State (8-9, 3-6) consecutively since the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

"Today, I wasn't very pleased with that locker room", Underwood said.

Cummings also started the second game just a few hours later against Virginia Tech, having another strong showing to open the game - giving up just two hits through four innings of play. She scored the first eight points for the Gophers as they took an early 8-2 lead.

125-Jay Schwarm (UNI) pinned Sinjin Briggs, :51; 133-Markus Simmons (ISU) major dec. Jack Wagner, 14-0; 141-Josh Alber (UNI) won by forfeit; 149-Max Thomsen (UNI) dec. Jarrett Degen, 7-5; 157-Logan Ryan (UNI) dec. Chase Straw, 3-1; 165-Skyler St. John (ISU) dec. Dan Kelly, 7-4; 174-Taylor Lujan (UNI) major dec. Danny Bush, 17-6; 184-Drew Foster (UNI) dec. Dane Pestano, 6-4; 197-Jacob Holschlag (UNI) dec. Sam Colbray, 2-0; 285-Carter Isley (UNI) dec. Marcus Harrington, 4-3.

Penn State shot 55-percent from the field on 20 assists, whereas IL shot 39-percent on 10 assists.

A 26-9 burst enabled Penn State to turn a four-point deficit late in the first half into a commanding lead. The spread-the-wealth scoring is part of the momentum for the homestand, according to Pitts.

"We just got to get more ball movement", junior forward Leron Black said.

With its 28-13 win over Iowa on Saturday, Penn State clinched the outright Big Ten Wrestling Dual Meet Championship in front of an NCAA indoor dual meet record crowd of 15,998 fans inside Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa. They didn't let up out of the break, either.

Defensively, the Gophers held their opponent to eight points in a quarter (second quarter) for the second time this season. Leron Black has been leading IL with 14.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while Trent Frazier is adding 12.5 points and 2.8 assists per contest.

Garner's 16 points moved him up to No. 10 on Penn State's all-time scoring list.