Ohio State will, in fact, play a game this week.
The 15th-ranked basketball team was slated to have an eight-day break between Saturday's win at No. 10 Wisconsin and the Jan. 31 home matchup with Michigan State. Instead, the Buckeyes will play host to Penn State on Wednesday in a newly-scheduled game that will tip off at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State's game versus the Nittany Lions in Columbus was originally supposed to go down on Jan. 6. However, COVID-19 positive cases within the Penn State program forced the team to postpone several games, including the one intended to take place in Columbus a couple of weeks ago. Michigan's program-wide shutdown left an opening this week for these two teams to meet.
Now, with the latest addition to the schedule. the Buckeyes will take on the Nittany Lions at home Wednesday then again on the road on Feb. 18.
Ohio State, which improved to 12-4 overall and 6-4 within the Big Ten this weekend, will enter this week's showdown as a betting favorite to beat Penn State, which is led by interim head coach Jim Ferry who took over for Pat Chambers after the nine-year head coach resigned following an investigation into "allegations of inappropriate conduct." The Nittany Lions are 5-6 this season, though they have won their past two games against Rutgers and Northwestern.