Wisconsin vs. Ohio State Pick
As is tradition, there is only one game on the college basketball betting docket once the 1:00 p.m. ET games are completed. The Big Ten Championship Game will be the last game of the regular season before the brackets are released. The Wisconsin Badgers face the Ohio State Buckeyes in what should be a great clash.
Head Coach Bo Ryan’s team picked a heck of a time to get the job done in the Big Ten Tournament. There aren’t many teams that have gone on more impressive runs this week than have the Badgers. They took down the Michigan Wolverines on Friday and the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday in a pair of very impressive performances. The defense has really continued to kick it into gear, and the club is now ranked 10th in the land in total defense at 56.1 points per game allowed. Indiana was kept down to just 38.2 percent shooting from the floor on Saturday, and it only managed 27 rebounds for the entire game. In the semifinals against Indiana, four players scored in double digits, led by F Ryan Evans, who had 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Where the Badgers have to careful taking care of the basketball. They turned the ball over 15 times against the Hoosiers, and they are going to need to be careful in the finale on Sunday if they want to capture the Big Ten title.
The Buckeyes are one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten, and if they can get the job done in this one, they are probably going to be a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This is a team that hasn’t really been all that consistent offensively. F Deshaun Thomas is one of the best players in the Big Ten, and he is leading the team in scoring (19.6 PPG) and rebounding (6.2 RPG). Though no one else has really been able to stay consistent offensively, someone is always stepping it up. In the win over the Michigan State Spartans, it was G Aaron Craft that had 20 points and nine assists to help out the club. What no one is questioning though, is the defense that the team has brought to the table during this winning streak. Seven straight games have gone into the win column, and in each of those games, the Bucks have allowed 60 points or fewer, including an average of 54.1 points per game.
The Badgers were the last team to beat the Buckeyes back on February 17th, and it would only be appropriate if they could ultimately get that win back. Expect to see a heck of a lot of defense in this game, but in the end, we think that Ohio State is going to ultimately find a way to run this winning streak to eight going into the dance. Ohio State 57 – Wisconsin 54