No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Penn State

6:30 TONIGHT

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: WBNS-FM/AM (97.1/1460)

Records: Ohio State 24-7, 15-3; Penn State 20-12, 9-9

Notable: The Buckeyes have lost their opening Big Ten tournament game six times in 19 seasons, including last year to Rutgers. … The last time Ohio State was a No. 2 seed, it won the 2013 Big Ten tournament. … The Nittany Lions have won 20 games for the first time since they won 27 in 2008-09 and won the NIT.

Projected starters

OHIO STATE

G C.J. Jackson, 6-1, Jr., 12.4

G Jae’Sean Tate, 6-4, Sr., 12.5

G Kam Williams, 6-2, Sr., 8.1

F Keita Bates-Diop, 6-7, Jr., 19.2

C Kaleb Wesson, 6-9, Fr., 11.0

Key reserves: C Potter, 6-9, So., 4.3; G Dakich, 6-2, Gr., 3.0; F A.Wesson, 6-6, So., 2.8

PENN STATE

G Tony Carr, 6-5, So., 20.0

G Shep Garner, 6-2, Sr., 10.4

F Josh Reaves, 6-4, Jr., 10.5

F Lamar Stevens, 6-8, So., 15.0

C Julian Moore, 6-10, Sr. 1.7

Key reserves: G/F Bostick, 6-4, So., 4.8; G Wheeler, 6-1, Fr., 2.4

— Adam Jardy