Ohio State vs. Penn State Pick
Which struggling Big Ten team will pick up a needed win tonight when Penn State hosts Ohio State at 8:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Penn State is slightly favored at home, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -1.5 points against Ohio State. The over/under total for the game is listed at 143.5 points. Ohio State has won four straight in this series, going 3-1 against the spread in those four games. These two have yet to meet this season.
Ohio State snapped a three-game losing streak last Thursday with a surprising 83-73 win at home over Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are now 16-13 on the season and 6-10 in the Big Ten. Ohio State is only 10-17 against the spread this season, including just a 3-8 mark ATS on the road. Ohio State is averaging 72.7 points per game on offense while giving up 69 on defense. When on the road, OSU averages just 69.5 on offense while giving up 75 on defense. Jae’Sean Tate has been leading the team with 14.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. Marc Loving is adding 12.5points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.
Penn State has lost three straight entering today’s game, including an 81-71 loss at Minnesota this past weekend. The Nittany Lions are 14-15 on the season and 6-10 in the Big Ten. They are 14-11-1 against the spread on the season and 7-4-1 ATS at home. Penn State is averaging 72.1 points per game on offense while allowing 72.2 on defense. Tony Carr is averaging 13.2 points and 4.1 assists per game to lead the team while Lamar Stevens is adding 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest.
Penn State has been playing well at home lately, taking Purdue to OT and beating Maryland. The Nittany Lions still struggle on occasion, including a loss to Rutgers, but they face an Ohio State team has hasn’t done well on the road. Their last two road games were losses by at least 8 points. The main issue on the road is their defense, as they have allowed far too many easy baskets.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: PENN STATE -1.5