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Ohio State vs. Penn State - 3/10/16 Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (16-15) at Ohio State Buckeyes (19-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Penn State Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 65.5 points on 40.6 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Brandon Taylor is averaging 16.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while Shep Garner is averaging 14.5 points and 3.4 assists. Payton Banks is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Devin Foster is dishing 1.2 assists. The Penn State Nittany Lions are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Nittany Lions are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Penn State Nittany Lions are 2-3 this season on neutral courts.  

Ohio State vs. Penn State - 3/10/16 Big Ten Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 70.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Marc Loving is averaging 13.5 points and 5.1 rebounds while Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 11.9 points and 1.1 assists. JaQuan Lyle is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Thompson is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Buckeyes are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes are 1-1 this season on neutral courts.

The Nittany Lions are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Buckeyes are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Nittany Lions are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings. 

Ohio State has beaten Penn State in eight of the last 10 meetings and has the advantage at both ends of the court in this one. The Buckeyes also need a deep run in this tournament in order to make the big dance. I'll take OSU and the reasonable number.

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Ohio State Buckeyes -5.5

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