Date/Time: February 1, 12:00 p.m. EST
The college basketball season is in full swing and all of the teams are facing touch matchups in conference this week. The Ohio State Buckeyes will be traveling to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers, but they are reeling. They have lost five of six games to include dropping an overtime game against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes are in desperate need of a signature win or they will be on the outside of the top 25 college basketball rankings.
The Badgers have also struggled of late on the basketball court, but know they cannot afford a loss to Ohio State. They Badgers will need an improved effort on defense where they have allowed an average of 71.2 points in the last five games and surrendered 43 in the second half of Wednesday’s loss to Northwestern. That will have to improve if they hope to win. Wisconsin has dropped two straight at home and is in danger of being ejected from the top 25 college basketball rankings if they continue on this path.
The difference could be from behind the arc. Ohio State leads the Big Ten in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 26.9 percent, while Wisconsin ranks third in 3-point offense at 37.3 percent. The team that is able to drain the three could be the team that ultimately wins this big game in the conference.
The latest college basketball trends reveal that both teams have some negative trends in their favor coming into this game. The Buckeyes are 0-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 4 games following a straight up loss, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-5 ATS in the last five games when playing against an opponent from the Big Ten conference. The Badgers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games when playing against a team with a losing road record, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 1-4 ATS in the last five games when playing against an opponent from the Big Ten conference.
In the games that these teams have played, it is the Badgers who will have the edge in this meeting according to the college basketball trends. The favorite is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The Badgers may be the home team, but the Buckeyes are desperate and will respond with a great game. This game will be close for the first half, but look for the Buckeyes to have an inspired effort as they win on Saturday.
Free Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes
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