Ohio State vs Penn State Live Basketball

A pair of Big 10 foes lock up on the hardwood in the Buckeye State as a hardcore gridiron rivalry takes its way indoor

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The Penn State Nittany Lions are on the road as they face the13 Ohio State Buckeyes Thursday night. Penn State dropped their second straight with a 70-61 road loss to Northwestern Saturday. Ohio State won their eighth in a row as they took down Nebraska 64-59 at home Monday night. The Buckeyes own a 37-15 advantage in the all-time series between the schools and have won five straight meetings, including n the last

Ohio State vs Penn State Live Basketball

2018

Penn State has seen their share of struggles of late as they have dropped two straight and four of their last six after losing to Northwestern. The Nittany Lions dropped to 13-8 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten with the defeat. Penn State led by two at the half and by four with 7:24 to play before going ice cold: they were outscored 15-2 the rest of the way. The Nittany Lions shot a solid 51.2 percent from the field and went seven of 19 from three point range. Penn State was beaten 32-25 on the glass, giving up 16 offensive rebounds, and turned the ball over 14 times. Shep Garner had 22 points to lead the Nittany Lions in the loss.

Ohio State vs Penn State Live Basketball

The Nittany Lions have been above average offensively this season as they come in 108th in the country with 76.9 points per game. Penn State is 105th in rebounding with 37.3 boards a night and 133rd in assists with 14.5 per game. The Nittany Lions are well above average on the defensive end, ranking tied for 65th in scoring defense as they give up 67.3 points per game. Penn State is connecting on 46.7 percent from the field as a team. The Nittany Lions drain 7.1 threes a night while shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc. Penn State is below average at the charity stripe as they shoot 69.8 percent from the line as a team this season. Tony Carr leads the team with 18.9 points plus 4.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Lamar Stevens (15.6 points, 6.5 rebounds) and Mike Watkins (13.3 points, 9.9 rebounds) each are scoring in double figures, as are Josh Reaves (10.8 points, 3.7 assists) and Shep Garner (10.4 points) this season. There is a steep dropoff from that group as only Nazeer Bostick puts up more than four points a game.

Ohio State had a tougher than expected time with Nebraska at home but still came up with the victory to win their eighth straight game. The Buckeyes are 18-4 overall and a perfect 9-0 in the Big Ten, putting them atop the conference standings. Ohio State led by two at the half and trailed by one with five minutes to play before outscoring Nebraska 11-5 the rest of the way to get the win. The Buckeyes shot 44.2 percent from the field and overcame two of 14 shooting from three point range in addition to 16 of 23 at the free throw line. Keita Bates-Diop had 20 points and six rebounds to lead Ohio State in the win.

The Buckeyes come into this game ranked 91st in the nation in scoring offense with 77.7 points per game. Ohio State is 109th with 37.2 rebounds per contest and is tied for 83rd in the nation with 15.5 assists per game. The Buckeyes are 42nd in scoring defense as they allow an average of 65.9 points a contest. Ohio State is shooting 48.7 percent from the floor so far this year. The Buckeyes knock down an average of 7.1 threes a game while shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc. Ohio State’s free throw shooting is mediocre as they hit 73 percent from the line. Keita Bates-Drop leads the team with 19.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest. C.J. Jackson (13.1 points), Jae’Sean Tate (12.6 points, 5.8 boards) and Kaleb Wesson (11.3 points, 5.3 boards) are each scoring in double figures. Kam Williams and Micah Potter the only other player scoring more than four points a game for the Buckeyes.

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