Penn State vs. Ohio State - 3/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (21-8) at Penn State Nittany Lions (15-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Bryce Jordan Center)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to win after winning five of their last eight games. On the season, OSU is averaging 76.9 points on 49.5 percent shooting and is allowing 61.1 points on 39.6 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19 points and 5.3 assists while Sam Thompson is averaging 10.6 points and 3.8 rebounds. Marc Loving is the third double-digit scorer and Jae'Sean Tate is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes have four players averaging at least 8.7 points, and they’re shooting 67.6 percent from the line and 38.1 percent from deep. Defensively, OSU is allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in eight straight games.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost five straight and play their last home game. On the season, PSU is averaging 66.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is allowing 65.9 points on 40.5 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 20.4 points and 3.1 assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. Shep Garner is dishing 2.4 assists and Ross Travis is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Penn State Nittany Lions have four players averaging at least 8.6 points, and they’re shooting 69 percent from the line and 32.8 percent from deep. Defensively, PSU is allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.
The Buckeyes are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Nittany Lions are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Penn State and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
Even though I like to back home teams on senior day, Ohio State is just head and shoulders the better team here. I can't back the Nittany Lions who are going through another rough patch. Look for OSU to win by double digits.