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.[embed]https://twitter.com/OhioStateHoops/status/1217461437934854146[/embed]
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.