The No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers will welcome the No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes for a ranked vs. ranked matchup down in Madison. The Badgers are coming off a win, while the Buckeyes are looking to recover from a recent loss. Check out the odds, preview, and prediction for this intriguing matchup below.
Betting Preview for the Ohio State Buckeyes vs Wisconsin Badgers NCAA College Basketball Game on January 23 2021
Where: Kohl Center, Madison, WI
When: Saturday, January 23, 2021, 4:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: TBA
Betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes (odds)
Record: 11-4 Overall / 5-4 Conference
Ohio State is coming off a gut-wrenching 67-65 loss at home to the Purdue Boilermakers on Jan 19. The Buckeyes were the favorite in that game and the result meant a loss against the spread as 5.5 home favorites. Still, Ohio State looks good with a 3-1 record against the spread in its last four games. Purdue outworked the Buckeyes on the glass, as the Boilermakers had 38 rebounds to just 30 by Ohio State. The Buckeyes are a statistically better rebounding team than Wisconsin, so they are expected to win the battle on the glass this weekend. The Buckeyes are averaging 37.5 rebounds per game, while Wisconsin is pulling down 34.9 per contest. Ohio State plays with great ball security, and that discipline can throw off Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are eighth in the nation with just 10.2 turnovers per game and 12th with a 13.0 turnover percentage. Ohio State has been shooting the lights out from deep lately, as the Buckeyes have connected 42.8 percent (45-105) of their 3-point shots over the last four games.
Ohio State is 6-3-1 against the spread in its last 10 games overall.
Betting on the Wisconsin Badgers (odds)
Record: 12-3 Overall / 6-2 Conference
After a tough loss at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines on Jan. 12 in Ann Arbor, Wisconsin got back to work and stitched together two wins in a row, beating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (60-54) on the road and the Northwestern Wildcats at home (68-52). Wisconsin’s defense suffocated the Wildcats, as the Badgers held Northwestern down to only 41.2 percent shooting from the field. Wisconsin is great in forcing opponents to make tough shots and in challenging them. Teams are shooting just 39.7 percent against Wisconsin and just 43.1 percent on shots inside the arc. Wisconsin’s defense is also allowing just 62.1 points per game, 19th in the nation. Per KenPom, the Badgers’ adjusted defensive efficiency of 89.0 is the fifth-best overall. The Badgers operate at a deliberately slow pace, but they like to stroke it from deep. The Badgers are 21st in the nation with a 39.1 3-point shooting percentage.
Wisconsin is 6-4 against the spread in its last 10 games overall.
Wisconsin wins, 70-66.
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