Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 12/5/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Location: Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
Bryce Jordan Center is the site where the Penn State Nittany Lions (4-3) will try to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-2) on Sunday.
The Ohio State Buckeyes faced off with Duke and earned the victory with a final of 71-66 in their last game. In the matter of fouls, the Buckeyes walked away with 14 while Duke had 23 fouls. They buried 4 of 14 tries from 3-point range. Duke finished the contest at 75.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of 16 attempts. Moreover, Duke collected 31 rebounds (8 offensive, 23 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Duke recorded 11 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. Concerning defending, Ohio State let their opponent shoot 38.5% from the field on 25 out of 65 shooting. They also dished out 13 assists for this game in addition to forcing 7 turnovers and having 2 steals. In reference to pulling down boards, they earned 38 with 5 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Buckeyes converted 11 of 22 tries for a percentage of 50.0%. Ohio State walked away from the contest with a 48.1% field goal percentage (26 out of 54) and made 8 of their 20 shots from beyond the arc.
E.J. Liddell is a player who played a role for this contest. He accumulated 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting. He played for 36 minutes and snagged 14 rebounds. He went 50.0% from the floor and also dished out 6 assists.
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Ohio State comes into this contest with a mark of 5-2 for the year. They average 74.7 points per contest (140th in college basketball) while going 47.7% from the field. The Buckeyes are connecting on 37.7% on shots from beyond the arc (58 of 154) and 69.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Ohio State is snagging 36.3 boards per contest and is sitting with 107 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 134th in the country in terms of passing. They turn it over 12.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.1 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Buckeyes are able to force 11.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.3 fouls. They are surrendering 30.9% on three-point shots while they are 190th in college hoops in PPG allowed (68.9). The Buckeyes defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 39.7% (170 of 428) and they surrender 35.3 boards per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 24th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 61 conceded for the year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Penn State Nittany Lions took a loss by a final score of 63-58 against Miami. When talking about cleaning the glass, Penn State allowed Miami to snag 26 in total (4 offensive). They went 36.0% from downtown by shooting 9 out of 25 and ended up shooting 4 of 5 from the free throw line (80.0%). The Nittany Lions allowed Miami to knock down 25 of 58 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.1% for the contest. Overall, the Nittany Lions finished 23 for 53 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.4%. With respect to 3-point attempts, Penn State knocked down 6 out of 24 tries (25.0%). They were able to make 6 of the free throw tries for a clip of 66.7%. Miami was called for 15 personal fouls in the game which took the Nittany Lions to the free throw line for a total of 9 tries. They also coughed it up 13 times, while getting 4 steals in this game. The Nittany Lions recorded 29 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 38 for the contest.
John Harrar ended up being a major contributor for the Nittany Lions for this game. He earned 16 points in his 27 minutes of playing time and had 1 assist in this matchup. He buried 6 out of 6 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 100.0%, and had 12 rebounds.
Penn State has a mark of 4-3 for the season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Nittany Lions are connecting on 45.5% from the field, which is 140th in college hoops. Penn State has earned 471 pts for the season (67.3 per contest) and they average 37.1 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 13.3 times per contest (184th in college basketball) and they turn it over 13.0 times per contest. The Nittany Lions have committed 14.7 fouls every game and they go 71.3% from the free throw line.
The Nittany Lions on defense are ranked 99th in Division 1 in PPG surrendered with 64.1. They are able to force 7.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 39.3% from the floor (77th in the nation). The Penn State defense concedes 32.4% on three-point shots (56 of 173) and their opposition knocks down 69.8% of their free throw shots. They have given up 10.0 assists and 31.0 boards per game, which ranks them 57th and 51st in the nation.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Ohio State
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