Ohio State’s game against Penn State originally scheduled for Jan. 6 that was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Penn State program has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
The No. 15 Buckeyes (12-4, 6-4) were slated to have a seven-day break in between their game against No. 10 Wisconsin (which they won, 74-62) and their game against Michigan State on Sunday. Instead, they will host the Nittany Lions, who suddenly became available when the state of Michigan shut down the University of Michigan’s athletic department for “up to 14 days” due to a student athlete testing positive for the new B.1.1.7.-variant of COVID-19. Penn State was set to host Michigan Wednesday night, but instead they will travel to Columbus. There were reportedly zero cases within the men’s or women’s basketball programs at Michigan.
Ohio State will be the home favorite in this one, winning four of their last five games including three victories over ranked teams on the road. Penn State (5-6, 2-5) has started slow, but still have 13 conference games to play after they had several cancelled due to their COVID-outbreak, and are coming off of back-to-back wins. Most fans have not forgotten Ohio State’s 2-5 start in B1G play last season either, before the Buckeyes got hot and finished the year 11-9 in conference play.
With their next two games at home against teams who are sub-.500 in conference play, the Buckeyes will have an opportunity to improve to 8-4 in B1G play before traveling to Iowa on Feb. 4.