Ohio State basketball finally found some much-needed success last week, beating No. 16 Wisconsin 83-73 on Thursday. But the Buckeyes still have work to do in order to play their way out of a first-day appearance in the Big Ten Tournament.
Ohio State (16-13 overall, 6-10 Big Ten) will travel to take on Penn State (14-15, 6-10) in a game that could have a big impact despite involving two teams at the bottom of the standings. With an at-large NCAA Tournament bid out of the question, both teams are trying to avoid a conference finish of 11th or worse that would force them to win five straight games to claim an automatic bid.
Both teams are currently part of a four-way tie for 10th place, so a win could go a long way to ensuring a slightly easier path in the conference tournament.
Here’s what you need to know to watch or listen to the game:
Ohio State basketball vs. Penn State game time, details
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pa.
The line: Penn State is a 1.5-point favorite.
Which TV channel broadcasts Ohio State basketball vs. Penn State?
Ohio State vs. Penn State will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Ohio State basketball vs. Penn State online?
BTN2Go will provide live streaming of the game. Click here to watch.
How do I get Ohio State basketball vs. Penn State BTN2Go?
Anyone with the Big Ten Network in their cable package can watch BTN2Go online for free. After clicking on the game you want to watch, select your cable provider (Uverse, Time Warner, etc.) and input your username and password. Click here for more info.
How can I listen to Ohio State basketball vs. Penn State on the radio?
For Ohio State, 97.1 FM in Columbus is the flagship station. Paul Keels will handle the play-by-play duties. Click here for a list of Ohio State radio affiliates. The game will be broadcast on Sirius 134 and XM 195 for satellite radio.
Who is calling the game for the Big Ten Network?
Wayne Randazzo (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analysis) will be on the call for the Big Ten Network.
Ohio State basketball key to the game
Keep it going
Ohio State picked up an impressive win Thursday against Wisconsin. However, the Buckeyes have struggled to capitalize on their rare instances of success this season. Ohio State needs to bring the same intensity against the Nittany Lions that it did against the Badgers. That game looked like their most impressive effort of the season; they’ll need a similar output to pick up a road win on Tuesday.
Penn State basketball key to the game
The Nittany Lions aren’t exactly hot right now, having lost three consecutive games. However, Penn State does own wins against Maryland and Michigan State this season. In those two games, Penn State forced a combined 30 turnovers. Ohio State’s shooting — for better or worse — will probably weigh heavily on the outcome. However, the Nittany Lions can make life easier for themselves by limiting Ohio State’s number of possessions.