Ohio State, Penn State start conference play

Ohio State (5-2, 0-0) vs. Penn State (4-3, 0-0)

Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania; Sunday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Ohio State visits Penn State as Big Ten play starts for both teams. In conference play last season, Ohio State finished with 12 wins and eight losses, while Penn State won seven games and lost 12.

SUPER SENIORS: Ohio State’s Kyle Young, Justin Ahrens and Jamari Wheeler have combined to score 28 percent of the team’s points this season and have accounted for 44 percent of all Buckeyes scoring over the last five games.EXCELLENT E.J.: E.J. Liddell has connected on 40 percent of the 25 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 9 over his last three games. He’s also made 67.3 percent of his free throws this season.

PERFECT WHEN: Ohio State is a perfect 5-0 when it turns the ball over 12 times or fewer. The Buckeyes are 0-2 when they record more than 12 turnovers. The Penn State defense has created 7.9 turnovers per game overall this year and 7.8 per game over its last five.

PASSING FOR POINTS: The Nittany Lions have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Buckeyes. Penn State has an assist on 39 of 69 field goals (56.5 percent) over its past three contests while Ohio State has assists on 37 of 74 field goals (50 percent) during its past three games.

RECENT GAMES: Ohio State has scored 74.4 points and allowed 68.4 points over its last five games. Penn State has managed 68 points while allowing just 61.8 over its last five.


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