Ohio State vs. Penn State - 2/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (15-9) at Ohio State Buckeyes (18-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Value City Arena)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Wednesday at the Value City Arena.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have improved their play by splitting their last six games. On the season, PSU is averaging 68.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 65.1 points on 40.2 percent shooting. D.J. Newbill is averaging 20.9 points and 3.1 assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 9.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. Shep Garner is dishing 2.4 assists and Geno Thorpe is shooting 41.8 percent from the field. The Penn State Nittany Lions have five players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 70 percent from the line and 32.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in five straight games.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to keep things going with wins in five of their last seven games. On the season, OSU is averaging 79 points on 50.4 percent shooting and is allowing 61.5 points on 39 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19.5 points and 5.4 assists while Marc Loving is averaging 11.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Sam Thompson is shooting 47.7 percent from the field and Shannon Scott is dishing 6.3 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes have seven players averaging at least 6.8 points, and they’re shooting 68.3 percent from the line and 38.7 percent from deep. Defensively, OSU is allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in three straight games.
The Nittany Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win. The road team is 19-8 ATS in the last 27 meetings.
Not only has the road team owned this series ATS for years, but Penn State has covered its last six games overall. While Ohio State is the better team and should win, it's hard to argue the fact that PSU is playing well and is worth taking the points here.