The Wisconsin Badgers will look to end a four-game losing streak with a home game against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Badgers are still ranked 20th in the nation per the AP Poll. However, the four-game loss has sent Wisconsin down the Big Ten rankings and pushed them to 16-8 on the year.
On the other hand, Ohio State has lost eight of its last ten games but pulled off a home overtime win against Maryland to get to 14-10 on the season and 4-9 in conference play.
Neither NCAAB team is playing at a high level right now. But somebody has to win.
The oddsmakers have Wisconsin as an 8.5-point favorite, with the total currently at 139.5.
Take a look at our Ohio State vs Wisconsin betting preview for this crucial Big Ten matchup.
Location: Kohl Center
Ohio State vs Wisconsin Betting Trends
The Ohio State Buckeyes are just 10-14 against the spread and 0-6 on the road this season. That’s not good heading into the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes and the Badgers have each hit the Over in 14 of 24 games this season. However, the Badgers are 11-2 at home and slightly better against the spread with a 10-12-2 record. The two pushes have helped Wisconsin backers lose less money.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin has won three of the last four NCAAB games against Ohio State. In those three wins, Wisconsin covered in the win for Ohio State, the Buckeyes covered.
Can Ohio State Start A Run?
The Ohio State Badgers have fans. They once sold out their own arena. But right now, things aren’t where the Buckeyes want to be.
Ohio State has, again, lost eight of its last ten games and has dropped to 4-9 in conference play. The double overtime win was impressive over Maryland. But most Big Ten teams are struggling this year. Maryland is one of them.
The expectation for Buckeyes fans is that they’ll win every home game against the middle tier of the Big Ten. It hasn’t been like that, despite the overtime win over Maryland.
The Big Ten has never been an easy conference. However, Ohio State has all of the resources to be successful. Just look at the numbers the football program is doing.
Something has to change to get the fans and boosters more invested in Ohio State basketball. It might be to go a different direction with the head coach.
How Is Wisconsin Still Ranked?
The Wisconsin Badgers looked incredible at the beginning of the season. They began the year 16-4 and earned wins over Michigan State and Marquette. The only losses in the first 20 games were to Tennessee, Providence, Arizona, and Penn State.
But after a home win against Michigan State in January, the Badgers have fallen apart. In February, Wisconsin is 0-4 and just lost 78-56 to a below-average Rutgers squad on the road.
The Badgers started the conference with an 8-1 record. But now they’re 8-5 after four dreadful losses to Nebraska, Purdue, Michigan, and Rutgers. Three of those four games were on the road. The other was a home game against Purdue. But losing to Michigan and Rutgers isn’t very ideal this season.
After those two losses, Wisconsin is now ranked No. 20 in the AP Poll. After four losses, it’s surprising to even see its name in the top 25.
Lots Of Points In Madison, WI
The Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t been terrible offensively. They’ve hit 33.7% from three and 50.7% from inside the arc while limiting turnovers to 15.2%.
The Buckeyes have also hit 76.3% from the foul line and get to the foul line at an above-average rate in college basketball.
On the other hand, Wisconsin allows a 51.6% effective field goal percentage and has watched teams shoot 36.6% from downtown this season. Opponents have also hit nearly 50% from inside the arc.
The Badgers don’t block many shots, but they’re dominant on the defensive glass to wipe away many second chances.
On the other hand, the Badgers have hit 34.1% from three and 53.1% from inside the arc. Like Ohio State, Wisconsin has limited turnovers to 15.2% and has added 30.6% of offensive rebounds.
With the Buckeyes allowing teams to shoot 36% from three, Wisconsin likely has success from downtown, just like Ohio State.
Neither team shoots threes at a high rate. But if they’re open for good looks, both teams will take them.
We’re not going to see many turnovers. However, we’ll see poor perimeter defense from both teams.
Therefore, while we like Wisconsin to win, the spread of 8.5-point is a little too high for a team that is coming off four consecutive losses.
After reviewing the Ohio State vs Wisconsin betting preview and recent NCAAB scores, we’re backing the Over 139.5 (-110).