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IU basketball: Indiana at Penn State game day essentials

Game Day Essentials:

 Indiana (10-5, 1-3) at Penn State (11-5, 2-3)

  • Tip Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Location: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261), University Park, Pa.
  • Television: BTN (Brandon Gaudin, Stephen Bardo)
  • Stream: Fox Sports
  • IU Radio Network: IU Radio Network
  • Point Spread: Penn State is a 2.5 point favorite
  • KenPom Projected Score: No. 54 Penn State 73 No. 23 Indiana 72
  • Series: Indiana leads 42-13. IU won last meeting 74-57 on Jan. 26, 2022

Penn State’s Micah Shrewsberry:

Micah Shrewsberry was named the 14th head coach in program history on March 15, 2021.

Shrewsberry arrived at Penn State with a bevy of experience on both the collegiate and professional levels, having coached in six NCAA Tournaments, two NCAA Final Four’s, five NBA Playoffs and two NBA Conference Finals.

His experience paid dividends both on and off the court. In November 2021, Penn State signed the highest ranked recruiting class in men’s basketball history.

Furthermore, the 2022 class ranks 40th in the nation overall by 247sports and 27th in 247sports composite rankings.

On the court, the Nittany Lions had the Big Ten’s best scoring defense in 2021-22 and their best defensive season (65.0 points allowed per game) in 11 years. They also posted impressive wins over Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana and Rutgers.

Shrewsberry is 25-22 in his time at Penn State.

Penn State results and roster:

After beginning the season 11-3, Penn State has lost two straight; 79-69 at Michigan and 76-63 to Purdue in Philadelphia.

Despite their recent loses, the Nittany Lions have three wins against KenPom top 100 teams. They have won against No. 83 Butler, No. 34 Illinois on the road, and No. 40 Iowa.

Penn State’s bread and butter boils down to four things: they’re experienced, they take care of the ball, shoot the ball well from 3-point range and capitalize on opportunities at the free throw line.

The Nittany Lions own the nation’s most experienced roster per KenPom. Penn State leads the country in fewest turnovers per game (8.8). The Nittany Lions are fond of the three ball, making the sixth-most 3-pointers per game (10.7) in Division I while shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc.

PSU has three players who have taken 80 3-point attempts while shooting above 40 percent — Seth Lundy (33-of-82, 40.2 percent), Andrew Funk (46-of-114, 40.4 percent), and Myles Dread (35-of-80, 43.8 percent).

Penn State’s free throw shooting percentage (78.0% – 14th) and 3-point shooting percentage (38.3% – 26th) both rank in the top 30 in the country.

Penn State’s 2022-23 KenPom Highlights:

Tempo – No. 280 (Offense No. 239 / Defense No. 272)

Offensive Efficiency – No. 38

  • Penn State’s effective FG percentage of 55.1 percent is No. 22 nationally. They are No. 68 nationally in two-point percentage (53.1) and rank No. 17 in three-point percentage (38.3).
  • The Nittany Lions take care of the ball, turning it over on just 13.0 percent of possessions, No. 1.
  • Penn State forces defenses to play the three, as three-point attempts account for 46.9 percent of field goal attempts, No. 16.
  • PSU doesn’t get offensive rebounds.  Their offensive rebounding rate is just No. 358 nationally.
  • Free throw attempts are 19.5 percent of field goal attempts, the second worst rate in the country.

Defensive Efficiency – No. 84

  • Penn State ranks No. 95 in overall opponent effective field goal percentage (47.6), including No. 183 in three-point percentage (33.6) and No. 55 in two-point percentage (45.9).
  • The Nittany Lions are turning opponents over on just 15.0 percent of possessions, No. 349.
  • Playing defense without fouling is a strength, as free-throw attempts account for just 24.2 percent of opponent field goal attempts, No. 43.
  • PSU is giving up offensive rebounds on 25.3 percent of possessions, No. 56 nationally.

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