Ohio State vs Penn State Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Thursday, February 23, 2023

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The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-16, 3-13 Big Ten) will be attempting to break an eight-game losing streak when hosting the Penn State Nittany Lions (16-11, 7-9 Big Ten) on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at Value City Arena. It will air at 6:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1.

Ohio State is a small 2.5-point favorite against Penn State when the Buckeyes face off against the Nittany Lions on Thursday. The over/under is 142.5 points for the game.

Ohio State vs. Penn State Odds

Point Spread for Ohio State vs. Penn State

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with bookmakers listing Ohio State as the favorite.

Ohio State vs. Penn State Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Ohio State has -144 odds to pick up the win, while Penn State is listed at +123 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 142.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • Game Time: 6:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Arena: Value City Arena

Ohio State vs. Penn State Betting Trends

Ohio State has played 27 games, with eight wins against the spread. The Buckeyes have won in seven, or 53.8%, of the 13 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Ohio State’s games this year have gone over the total in 14 out of 27 opportunities (51.9%).

Penn State has played 27 games, with 14 wins, against the spread. The Nittany Lions have won two of the 10 games they were the underdog on the moneyline this season (20%). Penn State’s games this year have hit the over 16 times in 27 opportunities (59.3%).

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Ohio State vs. Penn State Key Players to Watch

Ohio State

Brice Sensabaugh paces the Buckeyes at 16.5 points per game, while also putting up 1.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds. Zed Key leads the Buckeyes at 7.5 rebounds per game, while also putting up 0.8 assists and 10.8 points. Justice Sueing puts up 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest, shooting 43.7% from the floor. Bruce Thornton posts 8.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, shooting 43.3% from the field and 37.2% from beyond the arc with 1.1 made 3-pointers per game.

Penn State

Jalen Pickett is No. 1 on the Nittany Lions in scoring (18.6 points per game), rebounding (7.4) and assists (7.0), making 52.3% from the floor and 37.8% from 3-point range with 1.4 triples per contest. He also delivers 1.0 steal and 0.4 blocked shots. The Nittany Lions get 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game from Seth Lundy. Andrew Funk gives the Nittany Lions 12.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He also delivers 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Camren Wynter is putting up 7.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, making 43.2% of his shots from the field.

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What you need to know about the Ohio State Buckeyes

In Ohio State’s 16 Big Ten games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total six times. So far this season, the Buckeyes are posting 73.0 points per game (150th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 69.2 points per contest (155th-ranked). With 34.0 boards per game, Ohio State ranks 60th in college basketball. It surrenders 31.0 rebounds per contest, which ranks 178th in college basketball.

The Buckeyes score 75.3 points per game in home games, compared to 67.1 points per game on the road, a difference of 8.2 points per contest. Ohio State is draining 6.6 treys per game (260th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while owning a 35.8% three-point percentage (89th-ranked). The Buckeyes are giving up 7.0 threes per game (153rd-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing a 31.6% three-point percentage (56th-ranked).

The Buckeyes have covered the spread once, and are 1-9 overall, over their last 10 games. Four of Ohio State’s last 10 outings have gone over the total. In its last 10 games, Ohio State has been scoring 64.6 points per contest, an average that’s significantly lower than the 73.0 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Ohio State’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (74.2) is 5.0 more points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (69.2).

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What you need to know about the Penn State Nittany Lions

Penn State is 8-7-1 ATS in conference action this season. In 2022-23, the Nittany Lions are 146th in college basketball on offense (73.3 points scored per game) and 143rd on defense (68.7 points allowed). Penn State is 289th in college basketball in rebounds per game (29.7) and 283rd in rebounds allowed (32.7).

At home the Nittany Lions are scoring 78.0 points per game, 10.3 more than they are averaging on the road (67.7). Beyond the arc, Penn State is second-best in the nation in 3-pointers made per game at 10.9. And it is 11th-best in 3-point percentage at 38.9%. Giving up 7.5 3-pointers per game and conceding 34.2% from downtown, the Nittany Lions are 222nd and 212th in the country, respectively, in those categories.

The Nittany Lions are 5-4-1 against the spread and 4-6 overall in their last 10 contests. In its past 10 games, Penn State has gone over the total seven times. Penn State is averaging 69.8 points per game in its last 10 games, which is 3.5 fewer points than its average for the season (73.3). While the Nittany Lions are ceding 68.7 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse in their previous 10 games, allowing 70.9 points per contest.

Ohio State vs. Penn State Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this game is Ohio State, and we expect that Penn State will cover the spread (Ohio State -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 142.5 points.

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How to bet Ohio State vs. Penn State

You can bet on Ohio State vs. Penn State at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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