NCAA Men's Basketball: Big Ten and SEC Games Analysis, Spreads and Predictions

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMarch 1, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 15:  Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts while playing the Michigan State Spartans on February 15, 2011 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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No. 1 Ohio State (27-2, 14-2 Big Ten) vs. Penn State (15-12, 8-8 Big Ten)

After winning two games last week, Ohio State has taken the No. 1 ranking from Duke.

Forward Jared Sullinger has been in a minor slump as of late, scoring a combined 17 points during his last two outings.

The Buckeyes defeated Penn State during the month of January by three points, with Sullinger scoring a solid 19 points.

Penn State holds an impressive 13-4 record at home this season and could have a chance at an upset tonight if guard Talor Battle shows up to play.


SBG Spread

Penn State is +6.5.



The Nittany Lions impressed many during their last collision with the Buckeyes. Take them with the spread.


Illinois (18-11, 8-8 Big Ten) vs. No. 6 Purdue (24-5, 13-3 Big Ten)

Purdue has been on fire as of late, winning six consecutive games, including two against Ohio State and Wisconsin.

JaJuan Johnson is playing tremendous basketball and continues to help carry his team to victory.

Illinois is coming off of a win against Iowa, but will have a tough away matchup against the Boilermakers. The Fighting Illini have a 3-6 record on the road this season.



Illinois is +9.5.


Sportsbook Prediction

Purdue has been virtually unstoppable and will easily defeat Illinois by 10 points or more.


No. 20 Vanderbilt (21-7, 9-5 SEC) vs. No. 23 Kentucky (20-8, 8-6 SEC)

After losing by one point in overtime to Arkansas, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated No. 13 Florida by eight points.

The last time Kentucky faced off against Vanderbilt, the Commodores got the better of them, winning by four points.

Vanderbilt won its most recent game against LSU and holds a 5-4 road record thus far this season.



Vanderbilt is +8.



When the Commodores lose, they know how to keep the game close. Pick them with the spread, as this should be a nail-biter that will be decided by the final minutes of the game.