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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Total Pick

Time: 7 PM EST Thursday February 27, 2014, ESPN2

Location: Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pennsylvania

The Penn State Nittany Lions host the 22nd ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big 10 match up.

In their last games: Ohio State beat Minnesota 64-46 and Penn State lost to Nebraska 80-67.

In their easy win over Minnesota the Buckeyes won playing great defense holding the Golden Gophers to a FG% of 35.4%.

In their loss to Nebraska Penn State fell behind 12 points at halftime and did not have a good shooting night with a FG% of only 34.9%.

Earlier this season at Ohio State Penn State upset the Buckeyes beating them 71-70 in OT.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Ohio State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games at Penn State.

In the last 9 meetings between these 2 teams the total has gone Over 8 times.

Ohio State has the nation’s 6th ranked defense giving up an average of 58.1 points per game.

Penn State has lost 2 straight and 4 of their last 5 games.

Since losing to Penn State at home Ohio State has won 6 of their last 7 games, including their last 3, and 2 of those wins came against ranked teams.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Ohio State -6
Total Line: 130.5
Money Line: Buckeyes -270 / Nittany Lions +230

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Ohio State Buckeyes: 22-6 SU 15-12 ATS
Penn State Nittany Lions: 13-14 SU 11-12-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• OSU is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
• OSU is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games.
• OSU has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
• PSU is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games.
• PSU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• PSU has an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Ohio State Buckeyes: 88.98
Penn State Nittany Lions: 77.79

Key Player Injuries

BUCKEYES
No injuries to report at this time.

NITTANY LIONS
No injuries to report at this time.

Over/Under Total Pick:

The Buckeyes scoring defense is ranked No. 6 in the nation allowing 58.1 points per game. The defense has been extra special in recent games holding 3 of their last 5 opponents to fewer than 50 points and 4 to 60 or under. The last time these two played they combined for 141 points, but keep in mind that the game went to overtime with the regulation time score 65-65. The key number to look at from that game is Penn State’s shooting percentage. The Nittany Lions shot the lights out hitting 48.3% from the field on that day. Realize this was against one of the best FG defenses (39.8%) in the nation and the odds on them to duplicate that success tonight are nearly nil. Take the UNDER 130.5.
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