Road Revenge Puts Value on Big Conference Match-up

Charles Stark

Thursday, February 15, 2018 1:34 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 1:34 PM UTC

This time of the year in NCAA basketball is all about the rematches and today we will look at Oregon traveling to take on USC in search of revenge.

Ohio State vs Penn State

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Ohio State +2.5Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

A few weeks back Penn State shocked Ohio State snapping their winning streak and beating them 82-79. Since that time Ohio State has rattled off four straight wins and today they come in as a small underdog in this revenge spot. For my NCAA pick, I will take Ohio State plus the points as I like their chances to win this game straight up.

Penn State has also played well recently winning their last three in a row but I've got a hard time believing they can beat this good Ohio State team twice in one season, and thus I think there is value in getting the points. The Buckeyes have been very efficient shooting 49% from the floor while allowing opponents to shoot just 41% ranking them 20th and 30th in the country respectively. They have also been very good on both sides of the ball as well, but statistically speaking, Ohio State is a bit better across the board.

The main issue will most likely come down to Ohio State defending Penn State from beyond the arc where the Nittany Lions shoot an impressive 37.5%. The Buckeyes should be able to mitigate this with their good perimeter defense so I will gladly grab the points.

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