Written and authored by NCAA Basketball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. Basketball Fans in and around “HAPPY VALLEY” are used to seeing their beloved Penn State Basketball team on campus this time of the year. The 2015 version of the Penn State Basketball team is staying in the Windy City after posting two victories. Penn State concluded the regular season with a 4-14 Conference record and a 13 seed in the Annual Big Ten Conference Tournament in Chicago, Illinois. No reason for optimism right! Think again “THE DOG IS BARKING LOUD”.
This Sports Handicapper has been paying attention to the Nittany Lions. Wednesday March 11th, the first day of the Tournament Penn State beat Nebraska 68-68 as a 1′ point favorite. The next day the underdog Nittany Lions took care of five-seed Iowa 67-58 as an eight-point underdog Against The Spread. The team overcame a 27-19 halftime deficit to get the win over Iowa. Penn State shot miserably in the first half took the entire 35-seconds to get into their offense. It was a tale of two halfs as the Nittany Lions began to clamp down and get into a flow at both ends of the court. The Nittany Lions frontcourt held Iowa 7’0″ Center Adam Woodbury to two points in the game, and that statistic told the story. Penn State outscored Iowa 48-31 in the second half. Next up for the Nittany Lions is the number four-seed Purdue Boilermakers 2015 College Basketball Betting Predictions on Friday March 13th at 3:25 pm est.
The Nittany Lions best player and leading scorer is Senior D.J. Newbill. The Philadelphia native is one of the feels good stories in College Basketball. Newbill recently lost his mother to a battle with Cancer and the Penn State community is embracing the young man. Head Coach Patrick Chambers is doing a fine job with the young man as well as the entire Penn State Basketball program. They will have their hands full Friday with another Big, Purdue Center A.J. Hammonds has skill to go along with his seven-foot frame. The Boilermakers beat Penn State in overtime on January 17th, in their lone meeting this season. Revenge is on the Penn State players minds. Pen State must win the 2015 Big Ten Conference Tournament to get into the March Madness Tournament. Betting odds expert offshore and in Las Vegas has Penn State at 200/1 to win the 2015 Big Ten Conference Tournament.