There is a very tight battle going on at the top of the Big 10 Conference, where the Indiana Hoosiers currently hold a slim lead. The Ohio State Buckeyes and Wisconsin Badgers may be down near the middle of the pack, but make no mistake, these are two very good teams. We will get to see them go head to head on Thursday when the Buckeyes head into the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
These two teams are similar in a lot of ways. That can prove to be a challenge for the average NCAA basketball bettor, but it also makes for a fun game to watch and wager on. This is one game that may essentially come down to a Pick Em type of play, so it’s going to be interesting to see what the odds are once they go live on MyBookie.ag Online Sportsbook.
Ohio State Vs Wisconsin Expert Pick and TV Info
Date/Time: Thursday, February 4, 7:00 PM
Location: Kohl Center, Madison; Wisconsin
TV: CBS Sports
Game Odds: TBA
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Why bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes
Their recent record may not show it, but the Ohio State Buckeyes (14-9, 6-4) have been playing some pretty decent ball of late. They started off last week with a dramatic 68-63 OT win on the road in Illinois, and then closed things out with a loss in which they gave a ranked Maryland team all that they could handle.
It’s not often that a team takes much out of a loss, but you can bet that Ohio State will be pleased with the effort that they put in against a very good Terrapins team. The Buckeyes already have a couple of wins in conference play and will feel as though they have a good shot at making it 3 in this one. Ohio State are averaging 70.7 PPG, and are giving up 65.8 PPG.
Why bet on the Wisconsin Badgers
The Badgers (13-9, 5-4) may hold a record that is very similar to that of the Buckeyes, but they are on a much better run of form right now. They are coming into this one having won 4 straight games, during which they were able to knock off a pair of ranked teams in Michigan State and Indiana. Both of those big wins came on their home court, which just goes to show how difficult they are to beat in their own building. The concern here is that there may be a bit of a letdown after those two victories, but it should be noted that they won both games immediately following the wins over those ranked teams. The Badgers are averaging 69.2 PPG, and are giving up 64.8 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is a game that I think will go right down to the wire. The Badgers are on a real high at the moment, and the arena is sure to be rocking on Thursday night. That might be just enough to give them the edge here.
Ohio State Buckeyes 67 Wisconsin Badgers 68