Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio St. Buckeyes
Two nationally ranked Big Ten heavyweights face off as the Wisconsin Badgers host the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. The Buckeyes are -2 point favorites over the Badgers with an over/under point total set at 114.
The Wisconsin Badgers are on a roll as Bo Ryan’s team has won six games in a row and are shooting up the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin is 7-3 in the Big 10, 11-3 at home, and tied for second place in the 12 team conference. Jordan Taylor is averaging 14.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists, Jared Berggren is averaging 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Ryan Evans is averaging 9.8 points and 6.7 rebounds. As a team Wisconsin is averaging 64.6 points and they are shooting 43.1 percent while defensively they allow 49.5 points, 7.5 assists, and their opponents shoot 36.2 percent. Wisconsin has been a team of steaks and right now they are on a tear.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won their last four games in a row but three of those four games for Thad Matta’s team have been at home. Ohio State is 7-2 in the Big Ten, 3-3 on the road this season, and they are in first place in the conference. Jared Sullinger is averaging 17.1 points and 9.1 rebounds, Deshaun Thomas is averaging 14.6 points and 4.4 rebounds, and William Buford is averaging 15 points and 4.7 rebounds. As a team OSU is averaging 77.3 points and they are shooting 49.2 percent while defensively they allow 55.6 points, 8.9 assists, and their opponents shoot 39.1 percent. The Buckeyes appear to be a force once again this season but winning big games like this one on the road will be the difference between them being a very good team and a great team.
Wisconsin is 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 Saturday games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games after allowing less than 50 points. Ohio State is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall, 4-1 against the spread following a cover, and 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The favorite has covered four in a row in this series.
The total is set at 114 and while both of these teams can score I still have it staying under.