Ohio State vs. Penn State NCAA Basketball Preview and Best Bet

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Myles Dread #2 of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Quinn Harris/Getty Images/AFP.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off a massive win against Duke. Can the Buckeyes keep things going against Penn State? Here’s our preview and best bet to place at top sportsbooks for this match!

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Sunday, December 05, 2021 – 07:30 PM EST at Bryce Jordan Center

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 5-2 on the season and will take on a Penn State Nittany Lions team that could be .500 after tonight’s game. The Buckeyes are coming off an incredible win, at home, against Duke.

At halftime, Ohio State was down 13, but that didn’t phase the Buckeyes after Ohio State won 71-66 with an incredible come-from-behind win late in the second half. The Buckeyes are shooting an effective field goal percentage of 55.1 percent while knocking down 37.7 percent from the three-point line and 54.2 percent from inside the arc.

Turnovers have been average on the offensive end but the Buckeyes are going up against a Nittany Lions team that rarely forces turnovers. As a matter of fact, neither team is all that great at forcing turnovers. On the defensive end, Ohio State is only forcing 16.5 percent of turnovers on the season and has struggled on the defensive glass, allowing teams to get 31.8 percent of offensive rebounds this season.

The Buckeyes are allowing 30.9 percent from long range but have really done a solid job inside the arc, allowing teams to shoot just 43.9 percent. Penn State’s offense is led by Seth Lundy, who has 15.1 points per game on 45.1 percent from the field. It’s going to be tough for Lundy to go up against Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell for most of the game. Liddell is one of the few consistent players in the nation and has scored 21.3 points per game on 55.3 percent from the field.

On the defensive end, Penn State has struggled to force turnovers but still looks above average. The Nittany Lions have held opponents to 46 percent effective field goal percentage while limiting offensive rebounds, free throws, and two-point shots this season. While Penn State is not a rival to Ohio State in basketball, this will be an electric atmosphere in Penn State. The Nittany Lions are shooting 34.1 percent from downtown and should be able to dominate the glass on both ends of the floor. That leads to a potential upset, at home.

Prediction

The public is going to love Ohio State coming off a win against Duke. Penn State is 4-3 on the year and just lost to ACC’s worst in Miami. Still, Penn State is very capable of winning this game and should be able to cover the spread at home. The Nittany Lions will shoot plenty of three-point balls and earn many second-chance opportunities against an Ohio State team that struggles to finish plays on the defensive end. Give me Penn State with the points for my college basketball pick.

The Nittany Lions literally have the better defense and will be playing at home in front of a loud Big Ten crowd.

NCAAB Pick: Penn State +5 (-110) via BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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