Keita Bates-Diop questionable for Thursday's game vs. Penn State


With No. 3 Purdue moving to 9-0 in Big Ten play with its win over No. 25 Michigan, No. 13 Ohio State entered its game against Penn State in need of a win to keep pace in the loss column atop the conference standings. The game begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 25, 2018.

After a split against top-ranked Notre Dame last weekend, the Badgers are back in action at the Kohl Center, this time against the 14th-ranked Nittany Lions.

Penn State: Hosts Rutgers on Saturday.

(At) No. 16 Saint Mary's 75, BYU 62: Jock Landale had 32 points and 14 rebounds and No. 16 Saint Mary's pulled away in the second half for its 15th consecutive victory.

With the firepower on the Penn State roster it will probably be necessary for Keita Bates-Diop to have yet another big scoring game for Ohio State.

This matchup pits one of the NCAA's top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Those two games ended up costing Penn State a shot at a Big Ten title and, perhaps, a spot in the College Football Playoff. When the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions essentially dropped out, he chose to head west to the Bruins.

In total Penn State will have new faces, or partially new faces as multiple coaching positions on the offensive side of the ball next year.

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Ohio State lost for the first time in 10 Big Ten games this season. It doesn't get much better than this.

Bench scoring was controlled by Penn State with 13 points off the bench compared to Ohio State's 5 points.

Ohio State is 5-6 ATS at home with 9 unders and 2 overs.

Penn State had a brutal three-game stretch last season that included back-to-back road games against Ohio State and Michigan State.

The Nittany Lions rank 23rd in steals per game (8.1) while the Buckeyes rank 128th (6.1).

Chris Holtmann is 18-4 in his first season at Ohio State and 132-89 in seven seasons overall. But with the experience McSorley has already racked up in the last two years, Penn State should feel extremely confident in having McSorley at quarterback. Ohio St. was only down by 1 heading into halftime, 38-37.