Online Sportsbooks Look Over Penn State vs. Ohio State Basketball Matchup
Online sportsbook players looking for a thrilling contest to bet on this Thursday need look no further than this evening’s Penn State vs. Ohio State basketball matchup. Despite the fact that Ohio State is ranked 13th in the nation while the Nittany Lions are unranked, there won’t be any shortage of fans tuning in for this evening’s matchup. The reason being the thrilling rivalry between these two Big Ten programs. Let’s take a look at what the NCAA picks and parlays are predicting for this evening’s rivalry.
Penn State vs. Ohio State Basketball – Thursday, January 25th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Stream: Watch ESPN
Betting Odds College Basketball:
Penn State Nittany Lions +9 (-110) 139 (-110) +360
Ohio State Buckeyes -9 (-110) 139 (-110) -450
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Penn State Nittany Lions
The unranked Nittany Lions enter this evening’s matchup flashing a 13-8 record that ranks them 9th in the Big Ten. Undoubtedly, Penn State’s basketball program is having a hard time living up to the expectations of their football program. Which is surprising, since their football program had to deal with a good bit of controversy a few years back. One thing that isn’t surprising is seeing the Nittany Lions pegged as the betting underdog this evening. The lines are pretty stacked against Penn State, so an upset would be quite profitable. But should online sportsbook players feel confident in backing the underdog in this evening’s Penn State vs. Ohio State basketball matchup?
Considering that this game is a rivalry, and that anything can happen in those types of matchups, putting some action on the underdog doesn’t seem all that bad. You don’t need to go over the top, especially since the odds are so steep. On the other hand, taking the Buckeyes on the spread isn’t a terrible idea, since they are 11-9 ATS this season.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes enter this evening’s contest as the 13th best program in collegiate basketball. Additionally, Ohio State enters with an 18-4 record that ranks them No. 1 overall in the Big Ten. So far this season, the Buckeyes have posted an unblemished 9-0 record in conference play. Facing a Big Ten opponent this evening, the Buckeyes are facing an opportunity to up their stake in the conference. Unsurprisingly, the online sportsbook betting lines are pegging Ohio State as a heavy favorite over their conference rival. On top of that, the 4-game win streak the Buckeyes ride into this evening’s contest further paints them as the favorite. But putting aside all that, what do the stats have to say about this evening’s contest?
Keeping in line with the odds, the stats paint the Nittany Lions as having a slight disadvantage. However, it’s not much of a drawback. Specifically, the Lions are scoring 76.9 per matchup, which is slightly less than the 77.7 Ohio State puts up. Furthermore, the Buckeyes have the advantage on defense since they only give up 65.9 while Penn State allots 67.3.