A pair of Big Ten teams take the hardwood to open up conference play in the Buckeye State. The Penn State Nittany Lions are on the road as they face the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon. Penn State comes in off a 76-54 home win over Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Wednesday night. Ohio State knocked off #7 North Carolina 74-49 on the road in their ACC/Big Ten Challenge contest Wednesday night. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series between the teams 38-18, including a 74-70 win in the most recent matchup on February 7, 2019. That victory snapped a three-game Penn State win streak.
Penn State Nittany Lions Seeking Third Straight WinPenn State earned their second straight win since their lone loss of the season as they rolled over Wake Forest in their game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Nittany Lions look to make it three straight wins and to upset the Buckeyes in this contest. Penn State rode a 14-4 start to the game to take control and kept the Demon Deacons at arm’s length the rest of the way. The Nittany Lions didn’t let Wake Forest closer than four the rest of the way. A 22-5 run spanning the end of the first half and the start of the second half gave Penn State a 44-23 lead en route to the rout. Penn State shot 44.1 percent from the field, including five of 28 from three-point range, and dominated the glass 52-33 while forcing 20 Wake Forest turnovers. Myreon Jones scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Nittany Lions in the victory.
The Nittany Lions are putting up 80.6 points per game this season, which has them tied for 43rd in scoring offense. Penn State collects 43.8 rebounds per game (tied for 11th) while dishing out 16.1 assists (tied for 58th) a night. The Nittany Lions have been solid defensively, ranking 50th by allowing 61.8 points per game. Lamar Stevens leads the team with 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. Myreon Jones contributes 13.6 points plus 3.4 assists a night while Mike Watkins puts up 11.3 points and 10 boards a game. Myles Dread, Izaiah Brockington, Curtis Jones, Jamari Wheeler, Seth Lundy and John Harrar are all averaging double-figure minutes. Penn State shoots 45.2 percent from the field as a team this season. The Nittany Lions sink 8.3 triples a night while shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc this season. Penn State is struggling at the free throw line as they hit 66.9 percent as a team.
Ohio State Buckeyes Look to Maintain Perfect RecordOhio State went on the road for the first time all season and earned a signature win by handing #7 North Carolina their worst home loss under Roy Williams. The Buckeyes now return home and hope to avoid a letdown to maintain their perfect record. Ohio State led by just two at the half and by three with 16 minutes to play before going on a 9-0 run to take a 12-point lead. The Buckeyes limited the Tar Heels to only two points over the final 7:16 of the game to turn things into a rout. Ohio State shot 46.4 percent from the field, including 10 of 26 from three-point range, while holding North Carolina to 27.4 percent shooting. Duane Washington Jr. led the Buckeyes with 18 points and five rebounds in the victory.
The Buckeyes are putting up an average of 77.8 points per game on the year, putting them 86th in the nation in scoring offense. Ohio State pulls down 42.4 rebounds a night (tied for 23rd) while handing out 15.6 assists (tied for 73rd) per game. The Buckeyes are stellar defensively, ranking 4th in the nation in scoring defense as they allow 52.3 points per game. Kaleb Wesson leads the team with 12.4 points plus 9.3 rebounds per contest. D.J. Carton chips in 10.1 points per game while Duane Washington Jr. adds 11.1 points a night. Kyle Young, Andre Wesson, Luther Muhammad, CJ Walker and E.J. Liddell each put up at least 7.3 points a game for the Buckeyes. Ohio State shoots 48.3 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Buckeyes knock down nine triples a night while sinking 39.6 percent from beyond the arc. Ohio State is below average at the free throw line, converting 70.7 percent of their attempts this season.
The top trends for this game according to Covers.com:
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- Buckeyes are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win
- Buckeyes are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win