Penn State Nittany Lions host Ohio State Buckeyes in college basketball action
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes travelling to Penn State Saturday to take on the Nittany Lions.
The Nittany Lions sport records of 8-11 and 7-8 ATS heading into this battle, while the Buckeyes have 14-4 and 9-7 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-7 for the Nittany Lions and 6-8-1 for the Buckeyes.
Bettors looking to side with Penn State in this one found them as 11.5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Nittany Lions at No. 247 and the Buckeyes at No. 11 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 80-59 result in favor of the Buckeyes.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Penn State has the nation's No. 297-rated offensive output, at 61.5 PPG. The visiting Buckeyes defense ranks No. 24 allowing on average 58.2 PPG. The Nittany Lions FG% has averaged 39% so far, less than the Buckeyes marksmen have achieved on the year, 46% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Ohio State owns the country's No. 89-rated mark, allowing 65.6 points per game on the highway. Penn State, on the other hand, rates No. 284 in scoring at home.
Ohio State was a 72-63 winner in their most recent outing at home against Iowa. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. The Buckeyes got 16 points from Deshaun Thomas as Ohio State ran past Iowa 72-63 on Tuesday at Value City Arena.
Penn State lost its last outing, a 72-49 result against Indiana on January 23. They covered in that game as a 24-point underdog. Penn State was crushed on Wednesday, getting blown out by Indiana and falling by a 72-49 score at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.
Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Wisconsin are 9-1
After playing Iowa are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Iowa are 3-7
After playing Indiana are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6
A few Buckeyes at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Penn State
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ohio State's last 7 games when playing on the road against Penn State
Ohio State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Ohio State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Penn State's last 5 games when playing Ohio State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Penn State's last 7 games when playing at home against Ohio State
Penn State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Ohio State home to Wisconsin, Tuesday, January 29
Penn State at Iowa, Thursday, January 31