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Ohio State Buckeyes visit Penn State Nittany Lions in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Ohio State BuckeyesPenn State Nittany Lions
22-6February 27, 2014, 07:00 | Bryce Jordan Center13-14

The Penn State Nittany Lions will try to cover the spread at Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday when they get a visit from the Ohio State Buckeyes in NCAA basketball action.

The Nittany Lions are 13-14 so far on the season, and 12-12 ATS vs. the number. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are 22-6 and 15-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Penn State go 15-9 and the Buckeyes go 11-16 on the totals.

View Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Nittany Lions in this one found them listed as 6-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Thursday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Buckeyes was expected to move the line.

This game matches up the No. 240 (Nittany Lions) and the No. 35 (Buckeyes) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

In their last action, Ohio State was a 64-46 winner at home against Minnesota. They covered the 9-point spread as favorites. The Buckeyes got 19 points from Sam Thompson as Ohio State ran past Minnesota 64-46 on Saturday at Value City Arena.

Penn State lost its last outing, an 80-67 result against Nebraska on February 20. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog. Penn State got 17 points from Tim Frazier but lost anyway, 80-67, to Nebraska on Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Penn State has the nation's No. 94-rated offensive output, at 73.3 PPG. The visiting Buckeyes defense ranks No. 6 allowing on average 58.14 PPG. The Nittany Lions FG% has averaged 43.37% so far, less than the Buckeyes marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.22% per game.

A few Buckeyes at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Ohio State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Ohio State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Ohio State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Ohio State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Penn State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Penn State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Penn State's last 7 games
Penn State is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Ohio State at Indiana, Sunday, March 2nd
Penn State at Wisconsin, Sunday, March 2nd