#523 Ohio State University Buckeyesvs.#524 University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers
Thursday, January 1 2017, at 7:00pm EST
Written by Benjamin Hayes
Ohio State Buckeyes (10-6 SU, 5-9 ATS, 8-6 O/U) at Wisconsin Badgers (13-3 SU, 8-5 ATS, 5-8 O/U)
When and Where: Thursday, Jan. 12, Kohl Center, Madison, Wisc., 7pmET
Line: Wisconsin -12
The Wisconsin Badgers look to bounce back from their first conference loss, a 66-55 defeat at Purdue on Saturday. Ohio State just needs a win as they’ve lost three straight to Illinois (75-70), Purdue (76-75) and Minnesota (78-68) on the road on Sunday to open up Big 10 play. The Badgers beat Ohio State at home last season, 79-68 in their only meeting.
Ohio State got behind by 11 to Minnesota on the road on Sunday and never recovered, falling 78-68. The Golden Gophers took a 26-8 lead with 9:32 left and were up 31-14 with 5:28 left in the half. Jae’Sean Tate led the Buckeyes with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Trevor Thompson added 15 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Kam Williams (10.2ppg) shot just 1-of-10 from the field and fouled out with four points. OSU shot 40.6 percent from the field and just 11-of-21 from the line (52.4%). They also had 14 turnovers, while Minnesota had just 11. The Golden Gophers also blocked 12 shots and had seven steals.
The Buckeyes average 74.2 points per game and shoots 47.3 percent from the field (33.1% 3pt). They allow 65.6 points per game and 38.8 percent from the field (18th). Tate leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 14.5 points per game and 6.7 rebounds. Guard JaQuan Lyle adds 11.6 points along with Marc Loving.
Wisconsin shot just 39 percent from the field and was basically manhandled by Caleb Swanigan (18pt, 13rebs) and the Boilermakers on Sunday. Guard Bronson Koenig, who had made 27 of his last 51 three-pointers going into the Purdue game, was held to just nine points on 1-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Ethan Happ led the Badgers with 17 points, six steals, four assists and five rebounds. Nigel Hayes (13.5ppg) was held to 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting. The Badgers were outrebounded by 12 and made just 2 of 14 from beyond the arc.
The Badgers average 76 points per game and shoot 48 percent from the field. They allow 59.8 points per game (7th) and 40.4 percent from the field. Koenig leads the Badgers in scoring with 14 points per game on 37.8 percent three-point shooting. Happ adds 13.4 points and a team-leading 9.1 rebounds on 65 percent shooting.
College Basketball Trends:
Ohio State is:
The favorite is 10-2 ATS last 12 in this series. Nobody wants to play Wisconsin in Madison, but after a loss? It’s going to be an easy win for the Badgers and an 0-4 start for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State is more of an over team this season. They are 5-1 Over last 6 in the Big 10. However, they are also an outstanding defensive team. Wisconsin has one of the best defenses in the nation. They allowed just 66 points to Purdue and while their offense is efficient, it’s not dynamic. The Badgers are 12-5 Under the last 17 in this series and 10-2 Under last 12 vs. Big 10.
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Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!