Ohio State vs. Penn State Basketball Betting Analysis (NCAAB)Posted by: Charlie Smith
This NCAA basketball betting evening, sportsbook players will be treated to a great show as the Nittany Lions will host the Buckeyes. There’s no shortage of witnesses when these two programs cross paths on the gridiron and there will be a heap of fans tuning in for this Ohio State vs. Penn State basketball matchup. Let’s take a look at what kind of turnout the 4 team parlay odds are predicting for this Big Ten showdown.
Ohio State vs. Penn State Basketball – Thursday, February 15th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania
Stream: BTN 2 Go, Watch ESPN
NCAA Basketball Betting Odds:
Ohio State Buckeyes +1 (-110) 138 (-110) -103
Penn State Nittany Lions -1 (-110) 138 (-110) -117
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes bounce into this matchup sporting a 22-5 record that pegs them as the best team in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are also sitting on a 13-1 conference record which gives them a ½ game lead over Michigan State. With that in mind, it’s clear that Ohio State needs to pull off a win this evening to maintain their status at the top of the conference. This contest will mark the second time these two have crossed paths this season, with the Nittany Lions coming out on top the 1st time 82-79. That said, it’s easy to see why Penn State is facing such favorable odds this evening despite the fact that they’re currently unranked. So should sportsbook bettors take the Nittany Lions in this evening’s Ohio State vs. Penn State basketball contest?
Considering that Penn State already beat the Buckeyes once this season, it’s looking like talking the Lions at home is the way to go. However, taking them straight up seems a bit iffy since these two are so similar. But then again the Lions will have the home field advantage this evening. Ultimately it’s either taking the Lions straight up or the over on the totals line.
Penn State Nittany Lions
The Nittany Lions pounce into this Big Ten pairing flashing an 18-9 record that pegs them as the 6th best team in the conference. So far this season, Penn State has posted a meager 8-6 record in conference play. Inconsistency has big the biggest hindrance for the Nittany Lions this season. At time Penn State is able to topple some of the best programs in the nation, and at others they can’t seem to pick up an easy win over an unranked opponent. All in all, the Nittany Lions are 3-1 in their last 4 matchups and enter this evening’s contest riding a 3-game winning streak. Let’s take a look at how well these two programs match up against each other.
Surprisingly enough, there isn’t that much difference between these two programs. For example, the Nittany Lions are scoring 76.1 per game, which is extremely close to the 77.1 Ohio State puts up. Likewise, the 66 points per game the Buckeyes allow is oddly similar to the 66.4 Penn State gives up in each contest. With these numbers in mind, it’s clear that sportsbooks knew what they were talking about when putting together the odds for this evening’s matchup.