Mon, Mar 14, 1:29am by Kevin Pitstock
When: 8:30 AM AEST, Monday, March 14, 2011
Where: Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Penn State Nittany Lions enter the championship game of the Big Ten tournament for the first time in their basketball history. The got here by defeated Michigan State 61-48 on the shooting of Talor Battle. Ohio State looks for its second title in a row which would match the accomplishment by Michigan in 1999-2000. The Buckeyes are currently ranked #1 team in the country. Let’s preview the teams and then check the odds according to Centrebet before we make our pick for your bet.
Ohio State Overview
The Buckeyes are favored to win the national title after battling through the Big Ten conference. They are led by forwards Jon Diebler and William Buford. Each player scored 16 points in the semifinals against Michigan in the 68-61 victory. The Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten is Jared Sullinger and he has carried Ohio State all year long. Against Michigan, he grabbed 13 rebounds and scored 14 points. This is a very balanced team. Ohio State enters the game with a 31-2 overall record for the season.
Penn State Overview
Penn State enters the game with 19 wins and 13 losses with two of them coming at the hands of Ohio State. This is not a weak team as they defeated Michigan State and Illinois in conference play. They have won four straight game and are winners of seven of the last nine games they have played. Talor Battle leads them offensively as he has accumulated 2,167 points in his career and finished with 25 points in their last win. Another leader is Tim Frazier, a sophomore, with 22 points in the last game as he only averages 5 points per game. The team will need to shoot better against the Buckeyes than they have done recently.
Pick and Prediction
Penn State doesn’t have an answer for Jared Sullinger as he has popped them for 19 points in the lst meeting. Diebler burnt the Lions with 3-point shooting with 10 successful shots out of 12 attempts. The Buckeyes destroyed Penn state on the road with a 82-61 blowout win. Jon Diebler scored a career high 30 points.
Penn State wasn’t expected to get to this game but it happened. Don’t expect the results to be any different. With this game on a neutral court, the score may be closer than many expect. The odds at Centrebet Ohio State -9.5 is generous but our expert pick is the Buckeyes cover that spread.
Our Pick: Ohio State -9.5 at Centrebet
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