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Posted at 2:00 PM EST.
8:00 PM EST. If the Nittany Lions want to go dancing for the first time in seven years, they have some work to do, but with three straight games against ranked opponents who's regular season work is done, there is a great chance to rack up a couple of signatures wins before the Big Ten Tournament. Penn State is on the bubble at 18-9 overall and 8-6 in conference, but the Nittany Lions are ranked 38th over at KenPom, which uses advanced stats instead of a bullshit committee to figure out who's legit and who isn't. The Nittany Lions play high above the rim and are the former and it would be a shame for them to miss the NCAA's.
Ohio State is in familiar territory at the top of the Big Ten standings. The Buckeyes are #9 in the nation and will be two-stepping when the madness begins in March. Until then, OSU must go through the motions until the games matter again. With its biggest rival, #21 Michigan on deck in a high profile game on Sunday afternoon, what could possibly motivate the Buckeyes to go full throttle in Happy Valley tonight? We've seen the revenge angle played today, as PSU did steal one from the Buckeyes up in Columbus just a month ago, but we're not buying it. This contest opened with the ranked Buckeyes taking back a price after they destroyed Iowa by 18-points last Saturday. That number stands out like a sore thumb, and it has us on high alert. We believe oddsmakers are encouraging action on the Buckeyes and the market has responded in waves, as OSU is getting the lion's share of the action. That and the reasons stated above are enough for us to look the other way.
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#530 PENN STATE -2 -103 (Risking 2.06 units - To Win: 2.00)