Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction, 1/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Location: Value City Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Penn State (+7.5)
The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-4) play the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-6) at Value City Arena on Wednesday. Penn State opens this game as 7.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 147.
Penn State heads into this game with a mark of 5-6 for the season. They lose possession via turnover 12.3 times per game and as a unit are committing 20.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Penn State is pulling in 37.1 boards per contest and has accumulated 147 assists so far this year, which is 252nd in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Nittany Lions are connecting on 36.1% on shots from 3-point land (103 of 285) and 71.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 76.5 points per contest (87th in the nation) while connecting on 42.8% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Nittany Lions are able to force 14.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.1 personal fouls. The Nittany Lions defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.9% (294 of 627) and they relinquish 34.2 rebounds per contest as a group. They are ranked 157th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 160 relinquished on the year. They concede 31.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 294th in college basketball in opponents PPG (76.2).
The Penn State Nittany Lions took the court against the Northwestern Wildcats and notched a win by a score of 81-78 in their last contest. Penn State finished the game having earned a 47.3% field goal percentage (26 of 55) and converted 9 out of their 20 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nittany Lions buried 20 of 26 shots for a percentage of 76.9%. Pertaining to pulling down boards, they earned 37 with 12 of them being offensive. They also distributed 12 assists in this contest while getting 10 steals and 4 blocks. Regarding defending, Penn State let their opponent shoot 47.3% from the field on 26 of 55 shooting. Northwestern dished out 16 assists and had 8 steals for the game. Moreover, the Wildcats snagged 23 rebounds (3 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Northwestern shot 75.0% when shooting free throws by burying 9 of their 12 tries. They converted 11 out of their 26 attempts from distance.
Izaiah Brockington is a guy who was a major contributor in this contest. He ended up scoring 21 points on 6 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 minutes played and grabbed 4 boards. Brockington finished the contest at 46.2% from the field and also distributed 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Nittany Lions was Seth Lundy. He grabbed 7 boards and also accounted for 2 assists. He finished the game at 35.7% from the field for this game by going 5-of-14 (16 points). In all, Lundy played 35 min.
Ohio State has a mark of 12-4 for the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Buckeyes are hitting on 45.0% from the floor, which is 147th in college hoops. Ohio State has 1,225 pts on the year (76.6 per contest) and they average 37.4 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 12.7 times per contest (219th in college hoops) and they are giving up possession 10.3 times per contest. The Buckeyes have committed 17.1 fouls per contest and they connect on 75.4% from the free throw line. The Buckeyes on defense are ranked 100th in Division 1 in points allowed per game with 67.3. They are forcing their opponents into 10.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.6% from the floor (103rd in college basketball). The Ohio State defense surrenders 32.6% on shots from beyond the arc (116 of 356) and their opponents are making 69.4% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 12.4 assists and 32.9 boards per game, ranking them 144th and 86th in those categories.
In their last game, the Ohio State Buckeyes took home the win by a final score of 74-62 against the Wisconsin Badgers. The Buckeyes earned 28 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 for this game. They also rejected 2 shots while recording 6 steals in the matchup. The Badgers were called for 19 personal fouls for the game which got the Buckeyes to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to convert 15 of the free throw tries for a clip of 83.3%. In terms of shots from beyond the arc, Ohio State made 5 of 16 attempts (31.3%). Overall, the Buckeyes went 27 out of 53 from the floor which had them at 50.9%. The Buckeyes permitted the Badgers to bury 23 of their 57 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.4% for the contest. They finished shooting 25.0% from downtown by going 7 out of 28 and finished the contest at 9 out of 15 from the free throw line (60.0%). When discussing rebounding, Ohio State permitted Wisconsin to collect 27 in all (5 offensive).
E.J. Liddell ended up being important for the Buckeyes in this matchup. He made 7 of 12 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 58.3%, which had him sitting at 20 points. Liddell pulled down 7 boards in his 32 mins played and added 2 assists in the game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Ohio State was Seth Towns. He was able to score 10 points in his 16 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 of 8 shooting in this contest. Towns wrapped this one up going 62.5% from the field while also totaling 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Penn State (+7.5)
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