- Big Ten rivals clash as the Ohio State Buckeyes visit the Penn State Nittany Lions as road favorites
- The Buckeyes have won two straight against PSU, and are coming off a huge upset win over top-ranked Duke
- Read on for all the odds and trends ahead of Sunday night’s matchup at Bryce Jordan Center
The Ohio State Buckeyes will be vying for a third straight outright victory over Penn State when they visit the Nittany Lions on Sunday as 3.5-point road favorites. Tip off is set for 7:30pm ET on Sunday night at the home of the Nittany Lions, Bryce Jordan Center.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions
|Ohio State Buckeyes||-3.5 (-110)||Ov 132.5 (-110)||-170|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||+3.5 (-110)||Un 132.5 (-110)||+140|
*Odds at Fanduel as of December 4, 2021.
Buckeyes vs Nittany Lions Betting Trends
Sunday night’s matchup marks the first of two scheduled clashes this season between these Big Ten Conference rivals.
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The Buckeyes swept the season series last season, tallying a pair of straight-up wins, capped by a 92-82 road victory on February 18. Overall, Ohio State has claimed the SU win in four of their past five dates with the Nittany Lions. However, it has been Penn State that has regularly rewarded loyal sports bettors, covering the spread on six occasions over their past eight meetings. Recent clashes between these clubs have also tended to be high-scoring. The total has topped 160 in each of their past four matchups, spawning a steady 5-0 run for the OVER.
Ohio State Buckeyes Outlook
The Buckeyes travel to State College on a high after shocking the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday night with a stunning 71-66 comeback win on home court at the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The victory marked the Buckeyes’ second straight outright win while pegged as underdogs, and served as a tonic for the team after they squandered a 10-point second-half lead on their way to a 71-68 loss to No. 23 Florida last week.
DOWN GOES #1 DUKE
Buckeyes with the big upset pic.twitter.com/mxF5BAIXfU
— Vivid Sports (@vivid_sports) December 1, 2021
Overall, this team has struggled to produce consistent results since opening their schedule with three straight wins against overmatched opponents. The Buckeyes have alternated between wins and losses over their past four games, both SU and ATS. They have also been a steady disappointment when listed as betting chalk, going just 5-5 SU and 2-8 ATS over their past 10.
EJ Liddell 14 Pts, 14 Rebs, 6 Ast and 3 Blks vs Duke pic.twitter.com/qO3McrRa1B
— Frankie Vision (@Frankie_Vision) December 1, 2021
One big plus for the Buckeyes has been the play of EJ Liddell. The junior big man currently leads the squad with 21.3 points per game. He also played a huge role in this week’s win over Duke with a 14-point, 14-rebound performance that represents his second double-double of the season.
Penn State Nittany Lions Outlook
The Nittany Lions fins themselves looking for answers after falling to defeat in two of their past three outings, capped by a disappointing 63-58 loss to the visiting Miami Hurricanes earlier this week. PSU enjoyed steady offensive production during a 3-1 SU start, scoring 74 or more points in each of their victories. However, the attack has subsequently sputtered, with the club averaging just 60.3 points per game on their current 1-2 SU run.
Statistically this game was pretty even but Miami just had more timely shotmaking. Nittany Lions fall 63-58. pic.twitter.com/vZZZVoYSfT
— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) December 2, 2021
In addition to extending woeful record at the sportsbooks in recent home contests, with the team covering just six times in their past 20 on home hardwood, the Nittany Lions offensive spottiness is reflected in the Kenpom ratings, where they listed at a distant No. 93 in adjusted offence. However, things have gone better for PSU when pegged as a home underdog, with the team winning outright in two of their past three.
Something maybe lost in the shuffle of tonight's Penn State loss: John Harrar is now averaging a double-double on the season through six games. 10.6 points, 10.8 rebounds.
— David Eckert (@davideckert98) December 2, 2021
The Nittany Lions offensive woes certainly have not come as a result of a lack of contributions from across the lineup. Currently three players are averaging double-digit point totals, led by forward Seth Lundy with 15.1 points per game. However, it was John Harrar who gave PSU fans reason to cheer in Tuesday’s loss to Miami. Harrar led the way with 16 points, and padded his team-leading rebound totals with 16 on the night, and is averaging a double-double on the season with 10.9 rebounds per game.
The Pick: Nittany Lions +3.5