Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes. The game is starting at 12:00 ET on BTN, and it’s hosted by the Buckeyes at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Big Ten conference game currently have the Buckeyes as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 149.5 points.

PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS VS OHIO STATE BUCKEYES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Penn State Nittany Lions +9.5

This game will be played at Value City Arena at 12:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

WHY BET THE PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Buckeyes.
  • Even though we have Ohio State winning straight-up, we like Penn State at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Does Penn State Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

Despite their struggles on the road, Penn State has been a much better team at home this season. They enter this game with a 9-3 record at home compared to 0-6 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +11.6, while it is -14.7 on the road.

Overall, Penn State is 9-9 this season, including a 3-4 mark in Big Ten play. They are coming off an 87-83 win over Wisconsin, and their record as the underdog this season is 3-6.

As the underdog this season, Penn State has gone 5-4 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the underdog, the Nittany Lions have an ATS record of 5-4-1.

So far this season, the over/under record in Penn State games is 11-6-1. Today’s line of 149.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (144.3). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 163 points.

Penn State’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 87 points vs. Wisconsin. Overall, they hit 53.3% of their shots from the field and went 15/20 from the free-throw line. Leading Penn State in scoring vs. Wisconsin was Kanye Clary with his 27 points. Adrian Baldwin Jr also added 20 points for the Nittany Lions.

On defense, Penn State is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 74.1 points per game. The Penn State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 83 points and allowed Wisconsin to connect on 8 threes.

Can Ohio State Live Up to the Hype at Home?

Ohio State comes into this game as the favorite, and they have been the favorite in 15 of their 17 games this season. They have gone 11-4 in those games, and they are 9-2 at home this season.

Overall, the Buckeyes have gone 12-5 this season, but they are coming off of a loss to Michigan. Their record in Big Ten play is 2-4, and they have lost three straight games.

Overall, Ohio State has an ATS record of 5-12 this season. At home, their ATS mark is just 3-8. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Buckeyes have gone just 3-7 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Ohio State games is 9-8 and the average over/under line in their games is 143.1. So far, 12 of their games have finished with less points than today’s over/under line of 149.5. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 0-3.

In their latest game, Ohio State offense put up 65 points against Michigan. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 37.9% and made 3 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Bruce Thornton who comes into today’s matchup averaging 16.8. Jamison Battle also heads into the game with a PPG average of 14.6.

So far, the Buckeyes’ defense is ranked 63rd in the country at 66.5 points per contest. Ohio State’s three-point defense is currently 96th in the country at 6.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.5% of their shots vs. Ohio State.