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Ohio State Buckeyes Face Tough Task In Road Trip To Penn State

The Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team is once again #1 in the country, but if they aren't careful their stay atop the rankings may not be a long one.  Ohio State has a tough test tonight when they travel to the Bryce Jordan Center to face the Nittany Lions of Penn State.

Penn State always seems to play the Buckeyes tough, and they are playing with the confidence that comes from having beaten three ranked teams this season in their building.  They would love nothing more that to make Ohio State the fourth.

The Buckeyes have beaten Penn State 14 straight times, but their January 15th meeting in Columbus - a 69-66 win for the Buckeyes, shows just how tough these games have been.  Making things tougher for the Buckeyes is the slump their star freshman Jared Sullinger seems to be entrenched in.  

Sullinger comes into the game averaging 17.4 points per game, but  he has scored 12 or fewer points in 3 of his last 4 games.  On Sunday against Indiana, Sullinger scored just 5 points in 12 minutes after leaving early with foul trouble.  It was the first time in Sullinger's college career he was held without a field goal.

With a win, Ohio State can clinch a share of the regular season Big Ten championship, something the Buckeyes have done three of the last five seasons.  

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.