Penn St. Nittany Lions vs. Ohio St. Buckeyes
The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes face off on Saturday in Big Ten college basketball action in Happy Valley. The Buckeyes are -11.5 point favorites over the Nittany Lions with an over/under point total set at 127.5.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are at the bottom of the Big Ten standings and they are winless in conference play this season. PSU is 7-5 at home this season and 0-4 against teams ranked in the top 25. As a team Penn State is averaging 61.5 points, 9.1 assists, and they are shooting 39 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.2 points, 11.8 assists, and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. D.J. Newbill is averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, Jermaine Marshall is averaging 15 points, and Ross Travis is averaging 7.1 points and 7.1 rebounds. This season looks like it will be challenge the rest of the way for Penn State.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are having a solid season winning three of their last four games. OSU is 4-2 in the Big Ten, 1-3 on the road this season, and they are ranked 14th in the nation. As a team Ohio State is averaging 73.4 points, 14.8 assists, and they are shooting 46.1 percent while defensively the Bucks are allowing 58.2 points, 8.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 38 percent. Deshaun Thomas is averaging 20.5 points and 6.7 rebounds, Lenzelle Smith Jr. is averaging 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds, and Aaron Craft is averaging 8.9 points. Ohio State hasn’t mae it look easy but for the most part they have gotten it done.
Penn State is 3-7-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 15-5-2 against the spread in their last 22 games following a loss of 20 or more points, and 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five Saturday games. Ohio State is 7-3 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five Saturday games, and 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games following a game they failed to cover the spread. The favorite has cover the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Ohio State is a big road favorite but Penn State has showed me no reason they can even hang in there in this one.
Ohio St. Buckeyes -11.5 Penn St. Nittany Lions