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No. 22 Buckeyes, beaten in OT in 1st meeting, risk recent gains in rematch against Penn State

  • FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, Penn State's DJ Newbill (2) makes the game-winning shot as Ohio State's Aaron Craft (4) and Sam Thompson (12) defend during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio. Having regained some momentum after a calamitous January, the Buckeyes haven't forgotten what Penn State did to them in the first meeting and look to avenge the earlier loss Thursday night, Feb. 27,  in State College. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, Penn State's DJ Newbill (2) makes the game-winning shot as Ohio State's Aaron Craft (4) and Sam Thompson (12) defend during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio. Having regained some momentum after a calamitous January, the Buckeyes haven't forgotten what Penn State did to them in the first meeting and look to avenge the earlier loss Thursday night, Feb. 27, in State College. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, Ohio State coach Thad Matta yells instructions in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. Having regained some momentum after a calamitous January, the Buckeyes haven't forgotten what Penn State did to them in the first meeting and look to avenge the earlier loss Thursday night, feb. 27,  in State College. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, Ohio State coach Thad Matta yells instructions in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. Having regained some momentum after a calamitous January, the Buckeyes haven't forgotten what Penn State did to them in the first meeting and look to avenge the earlier loss Thursday night, feb. 27, in State College. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)  (The Associated Press)

It's one of the most memorable — or is it forgettable? — home losses for Ohio State in recent years.

When Penn State pulled off a 71-70 shocker in overtime Jan. 29, it ended a string of 80 consecutive victories by the Buckeyes on their home court against unranked opponents. For the Nittany Lions to do it — they came in 0-17 against Ohio State coach Thad Matta — added to the Buckeyes' misery.

When the teams meet again Thursday night in Happy Valley, the No. 22 Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6 Big Ten) say they're a different team. Having won six of seven, including their last three, they have a lot riding on the outcome.

So do the Nittany Lions (13-14, 4-10) in their final home game.