Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn St. Nittany Lions
The Ohio St. Buckeyes are 10-points favorites over the Penn St, Nittany Lions in the finals of the Big 10 Conference tournament being played in Indianapolis.Â The over/under for the game is set at 128. It’s certainly not the Big Ten Championship matchup everyone expected.
Penn State who is 19-13 overall and 17-11 against the spread, became an unlikely participant in the game courtesy of a 61-48 triumph over Michigan State in Saturday’s second conference semifinal contest.Â It was the third consecutive win during the tournament for the ninth-seeded Nittany Lions who covered all three.Â They were 3-point underdogs in Saturday’s victory over the Spartans. The Nittany Lions used a 13-2 run in the first half against Michigan State to climb out of an early hole and send the teams into halftime knotted at 26. By the time the Spartans had scored their first 12 points of the second half, PSU guard Taylor Battle had 14 himself in the half on his way to a game-high 25.Â All three of Penn State’s tournament games have stayed below the number, and by comfortable margins.Â The opening round win against Indiana finished 13 points below the 129-point total with Saturday’s game 20 shy of the total.
Ohio St. is 31-2 overall and 15-15 against the spread this year.Â They coasted past Michigan in its semifinal, 68-61, as 10-point favorites.Â The Buckeyes built a 17-point advantage with a little less than five minutes to go on an Aaron Craft free throw before the Wolverines closed on a 16-7 run to beat the spread. Ohio State’s last eight points in the game came from the charity stripe, but the team missed 10 of 23 free throws on the afternoon.Â Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger recorded a double-double in the contest, scoring 14 and grabbing 13 boards, six off the offensive glass, but it was not a great day overall.Â Sullinger enters Sunday’s title tilt having scored on just 7-of-25 shots from the field in the tournament games against Northwestern and Michigan combined.
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