The Penn State Nittany Lions will host the #21 Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten battle Saturday afternoon from the Bryce Jordan Center. The Buckeyes posted an 80-68 home win over Nebraska last time out, and the Nittany Lions dropped a 75-69 decision to Minnesota on Wednesday night. The Buckeyes tallied a 106-74 home win against the Nittany Lions last month.
Ohio State Snaps Losing Streak with Easy Win
The #21 Ohio State Buckeyes enter this tough matchup with confidence. They thwarted a rough four-game losing streak with a much-needed 80-68 home win over Nebraska on Tuesday night in a tilt that had the Buckeyes favored by 18 points. Ohio State’s offensive production has been an issue in their 2-4 mark in Big Ten play.
Kaleb Wesson has been inconsistent and has scored 15 or fewer points in three straight games. The junior forward now has seven double-doubles on the season and he is averaging 14.4 PPG and 9.6 RPG. Duane Washington Jr. sat out of Tuesday’s win against Nebraska due to a team suspension. The sophomore guard is averaging 10.7 points on 43% shooting. Washington Jr. is expected to return for this game. D.J. Carton has scored at least 10 points in each of his last three games. The freshman guard is a threat from three-point range where he owns a 39% efficiency, and he is averaging 10.2 PPG.
The Buckeyes fell 10 spots to #21 in the AP Top 25 rankings due to their recent losing streak, and Ken Pomeroy has them at 9th in the country in his ratings. Ohio State is 1-3 on the road, and they are scoring an average of 73.8 points, ranking them 123rd overall. They are limiting opponents to 59.9 points, good for 15th in DI.
Penn State's Slide Extended to Three Games
The Penn State Nittany Lions are in need of a win. They find themselves near the bottom of the Big Ten standings due to a three-game losing streak. Penn State was 2-1 in conference play but have fallen to 2-4 due to a stumbling offense. Their issues resumed in a 75-69 road loss to Minnesota on Wednesday night in a tilt that had the Nittany Lions labeled as two-point dogs.
Lamar Stevens has not been nearly as sharp recently, connecting below 42% of his field goals in each game during the losing streak. The senior forward is having a solid season overall, logging an average of 16.1 PPG and 7.1 RPG. Myreon Jones is playing well and tallied 21 points in a recent defeat to Wisconsin. The sophomore guard is excelling from beyond the arc where he owns a 39% efficiency and he is averaging 13.9 PPG. Izaiah Brockington has been limited to six or fewer points in two out of his last three games. The sophomore guard holds an average of 10.5 PPG.
The Lions dropped out of the AP Top 25 last week, and are placed 37th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings. Penn State is 9-1 at home and they are still averaging a terrific 77.2 points on the season, ranking them 51st in the country. They are holding opponents to 67.5 points, positioning them 142nd in DI.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are:
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
- 7-15 ATS in their last 22 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The Penn State Nittany Lions are:
- 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight-up loss.