Nittany Lions Come Back to Edge Ohio State

Ohio State captain Mason Jobst measures up as Buckeyes chip away frosty expectations

"I mean it's the biggest match of the year". All times are local.

"I'm frustrated because we're a team that has to rebound the basketball and we're not getting anything at all from our front court guys", he said.

Five days later, Ohio State bounced back from that first Big Ten blemish with a 71-56 victory over IN to close out January with an 8-1 record for the month.

It's the Dual of the Century (of the week) and tickets prices to see #2 Ohio State take on #1 Penn State at Rec Hall in University Park, PA, this Saturday are going for prices not seen for a wrestling match in recent memory.

Paula: Ohio State is 9-1-0 in the last 10 games having swept MI at home last weekend, and the Buckeyes beat the Spartans twice in East Lansing at the beginning of the calendar year. Ohio State is 12-1, 7-1 B1G. 1 Michigan State. Ohio State's leading scorer Keita Bates-Diop has averaged 19.6 points per game this season, tying PSU's Tony Carr atop the conference.

Buckeye senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder, he of the two NCAA titles, two world championships and an Olympic gold, suggested as much in a series of tweets earlier this month, listing the eight NCAA champs, 23 All-American honors and about 90 percent of both lineups ranked in the top 20 nationally, including 11 in the top two of their weight class.

Penn State will now prep for the 2018 BJC Dual, hosting Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m.

Paula's picks: Ohio State 3-2, 3-2.

No. 1 Bo Nickal overpowered No. 2 Myles Martin in the 184-pound bout, another Big Ten and NCAA Final rematch, with a 10-2 major decision. Penn State probably needs the game to open up and turn into a track meet for it to find some success this weekend.

Ohio State improved to 20-5 on the season, but Kam Williams made it a lot harder than it had to be.

Ohio State is 19-5 overall and 10-1 in the Big Ten going into the IL game. It reeled off 11 straight points in a 2:39 span to grab a 28-13 advantage at the 10:51 mark on two free throws by Alstork. I do think that Penn State can steal one here at home, and if the Nittany Lions do, it'll be Friday night. They edged IN 73-71 and then routed Rutgers 91-60 at home on Tuesday for their first two Big Ten victories.

Sunday's game was proof that IL has improved and that IL still has more work to do. Power plays: W 0-for-2, OS 0-for-2.

The Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last five Sunday games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 road games. They get nearly twice as many of their misses as we do. It was the first Wisconsin lead since 8:42 in the first quarter (3-2), overcoming a 16-point OSU lead in the first quarter.

Paula: The Badgers enter the weekend after a 3-3-2 January, having taken five points from Penn State last weekend.

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