The Badgers and Buckeyes are set to face off at 8:30 ET on BTN. The Buckeyes will host the game at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 139.5 points, and the Buckeyes are favored to win at home against the Badgers.
WISCONSIN BADGERS VS OHIO STATE BUCKEYES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes -1.5
This game will be played at Value City Arena at 8:30 ET on Wednesday, January 10th.
WHY BET THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Buckeyes.
- Not only will Ohio State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Can the Badgers Offense Score Enough in Columbus?
Wisconsin heads into this game with an 11-3 record, and they have won their last four games. In Big Ten play, the Badgers are a perfect 3-0, and they are 8-3 in non-conference games.
On the road, Wisconsin has gone just 1-2, and their average scoring margin is -8.3 points per game. At home, the Badgers are 10-1, and they have won nine straight games.
Wisconsin has an ATS record of 8-6 this season and is 3-2 vs. the spread as the underdog. The Badgers’ road ATS mark is 1-2 and they have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games vs. the spread away from home.
So far this season, the over/under record for Wisconsin games is 7-6-1. Today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (137.1). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-0-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 148 points.
Coming off their recent game, the Wisconsin offense tallied 88 points in a matchup against Nebraska. Their field goal percentage for the game was 55%, and they made 13 threes. Leading Wisconsin in scoring vs. Nebraska was Tyler Wahl with his 17 points. Chucky Hepburn also added 13 points for the Badgers.
At present, the Badgers’ defense is nationally ranked 57th, allowing 65.9 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.1 threes per game vs. Ohio State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 35.2%.
Is a Home Win Possible for the Buckeyes?
Ohio State comes into this game as the favorite, as they have been in 14 of their 15 games this season. Their record as the favorite is 11-3, and they have gone 9-1 at home compared to 3-2 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +15.4 compared to +6.2 on the road.
Despite a loss in their last game, the Buckeyes have been dominant at home recently, going 5-0 in their last five games and 9-1 in their last 10. They will look to extend their eight-game home winning streak against Wisconsin.
Ohio State has struggled against the spread this season, going just 5-10 so far. Their home ATS record is 3-7, and they are just 1-2 vs. the spread in their last three home games. As the favorite, the Buckeyes are just 4-10 vs. the spread this year and 0-3 in their last three games as the favorite.
Today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Ohio State’s games this year (143.4). So far this season, the over/under record in their games is 9-6. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 145 points.
The Ohio State offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 65 points versus Indiana. During the game, they attempted 27 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 36.2%. The top scorer for the Buckeyes was Jamison Battle with 17 points, while Zed Key also chipped in with 11 points.
In the current season, the Ohio State defense has excelled, sitting 55th in the nation by allowing 65.8 points per game. The Ohio State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 71 points and allowed Indiana to connect on 5 threes.