Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/27/14
Ohio State Buckeyes (22-6) at Penn State Nittany Lions (13-14)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +6 -- Over/Under: 130 See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes face off on Thursday in Happy Valley is Big Ten college basketball.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost four of their last five games and they are in last place in the Big Ten standings. Penn State is 4-10 in the Big Ten and 8-7 at home this year while going 1-4 against teams ranked in the top 25. D.J. Newbill leads the Nittany Lions averaging 17.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. Tim Frazier is averaging 16 points and 5.9 assists, Brandon Taylor is averaging 9.4 points, and Ross Travis is averaging 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. Penn State is averaging 73.3 points and they are shooting 43.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Penn State beat Ohio State by a point in Columbus on January 29th.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have won their last three games and six of their last seven games. OSU is 9-6 in the Big Ten, 6-3 away from home, and they are ranked 22nd in the nation. LaQuinton Ross is the Buckeyes leading scorer averaging 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is averaging 11.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, Aaron Craft is averaging 9.5 points, and Amir Williams is averaging 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds. Ohio State is averaging 70.5 points and they are shooting 45.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.1 points and their opponents are shooting 39.8 percent. Ohio State looks to be getting hot again at the right time.
Penn State is 3-8 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 1-4 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 1-8 against the spread in their last nine home games. Ohio State is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 7-2 against the spread in their last nine road games, and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The road team is 19-7 against the point spread in 19 of the last 26 meetings of these two.
My free pick in this one will be on the total and at 130 I ike the over. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as the App.
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