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NCAAB Game Preview - Nittany Lions underdogs vs Buckeyes at Ohio State

Penn State Nittany LionsOhio State Buckeyes
Jan 25, 6:30 PM | Value City Arena

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds

10-11TEAM RECORD17-3

The visiting Nittany Lions hope to send their backers to the pay window on Wednesday as they look to cover the spread at Value City Arena against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Ohio State battles the Nittany Lions, currently sitting with a 10-11 mark (5-9-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-7-1 for the Buckeyes and 6-10 for the Nittany Lions.

View Penn State vs Ohio State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Nittany Lions listed as 23.5-point underdogs

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Buckeyes and the No. 178-ranked Nittany Lions, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 87-64 result in favor of the Buckeyes.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Nittany Lions rank No. 123 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.8 per game. That compares with Ohio State’s No. 79 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Ohio State is college basketball's No. 260-ranked team at 5.2 per game, while the Nittany Lions rate No. 128 with 6.6 per game.

Defensively, Penn State features the nation's No. 96-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.7 points per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 46 nationally in scoring at home.

Penn State was a 73-54 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Indiana. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as underdogs. The Nittany Lions endured a 73-54 loss at the hands of the Hoosiers on Sunday, despite a 21-point effort from Tim Frazier at Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall.

Ohio State won its last outing, a 79-45 result against Nebraska on January 21. They covered in that game as a 11-point favorite. Ohio State cruised to victory on Saturday, running Nebraska out of the gym and running up a 79-45 score at Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Wisconsin are 5-5
After playing Indiana are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Michigan are 7-3
After playing Nebraska are 1-0
After a win are 7-3

A few Nittany Lions at Buckeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Penn State's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
Penn State is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Penn State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Penn State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio State's last 5 games when playing Penn State
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Penn State

Next up:
Penn State home to Wisconsin, Tuesday, January 31
Ohio State home to Michigan, Sunday, January 29