Ohio State vs. Penn State
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The Ohio State Buckeyes won’t be going to the NCAA tournament this season as an at-large, but this group at least has enough talent as well as solid head coaching to potentially make a run in the Big Ten tournament. Ohio State showed some of that potential in their last outing as the Buckeyes went on to beat Wisconsin at home by a final of 83-73. Ohio State has some very nice wins in the Big Ten this season, but the Buckeyes haven’t been consistent enough as Ohio State stands 16-13 overall and 6-10 in conference. Ohio State spreads the ball around to a whole host of scoring threats as the Buckeyes have 6 players averaging at least 9 points per game.
Penn State is a younger group that has a lot of potential to improve in the coming years as long as this core of players stays together. Penn State is another Big Ten squad that has shown strong potential at times this season, but lacks consistency as the Nittany Lions stand 14-15 overall and 6-10 in conference. Penn State has fallen in their last three outings and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of fight we get from the Nittany Lions in this one. Penn State hasn’t excelled in any one facet of the game this season ranking 211th in the nation in scoring average and 178th in total defense. Penn State can also spread the ball around with 5 players averaging at least 9 points per game.
Both of these teams have actually been some of the more balanced offensive squads in the Big Ten this season, but unfortunately for each team they both sit in the bottom tier of the Big Ten standings. Ohio State brings in the edge on the defensive side of the ball, while both teams rank similarly on the offensive end. Penn State doesn’t have the most elite home court advantage and we like the Buckeyes to stay competitive as they go on to cover the spread.