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Ohio State Wisconsin Betting – Ohio State Aims To Make A Statement At Wisconsin

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/2/2012 2:56:11 PM

The Ohio State Buckeyes have been a very shaky road team this season in the Big Ten Conference. Questioned and doubted, they will try to respond when they go to Wisconsin.

Ohio State Buckeyes @ Wisconsin Badgers - Saturday, February 4

Sports betting line: No line

Why Ohio State Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, it’s worth mentioning that while Wisconsin is riding a five-game winning streak, it’s not as though the Badgers are lighting up the night sky in the process. It’s true that coach Bo Ryan’s Badgers have rebounded quite nicely from a horrible start to their Big Ten season by ripping off five wins for a 6-3 league record, but this is still a much more limited team than last year’s edition. Without versatile big man Jon Leuer, Wisconsin has fewer options at the offensive end of the floor; moreover, Leuer set great screens and really helped the Badgers with their halfcourt spacing. Wisconsin will have a hard time spacing out Ohio State’s defense, which is particularly solid at the two most important spots on the floor – at the point and in the low post.

Guard Aaron Craft provides lock-down defense for the Buckeyes on the perimeter, and big man Jared Sullinger is around to clean up messes on the glass and within six feet of the rim. Wisconsin does not have anyone as skilled or as agile on the low block as Sullinger is. Ohio State lost at Wisconsin last season, but that Wisconsin team was much more explosive. In this game, Wisconsin will have a hard time scoring on its initial offense, and the Badgers will have an equally difficult time crashing the glass to get second-chance points. Ohio State will win with defense and rebounding.

Why Wisconsin Will Win

The college basketball betting experts who follow the Big Ten Conference for a living know that Ohio State just isn’t getting the job done on the road this season. OSU has had a front-loaded home schedule and few challenging road contests to this point in the 2012 campaign. The Buckeyes won at Iowa and Nebraska – two of the worst teams in the league – and lost to half-decent teams from Illinois and Indiana. Wisconsin has indeed been dinged up at home this season, losing to Marquette, Michigan State, and Iowa, but the Badgers have a lot of pride, for one thing. Second, they have rebounded and rallied around the flag in recent weeks, knocking off a series of opponents, including Illinois. Wisconsin has clearly undergone a positive metamorphosis. It was saddled with so much pressure and so many high expectations in the early part of the Big Ten season, but Bo Ryan has gotten his team to settle down and focus on each game night, not the year’s demands or the wishes of the fan base. Wisconsin is in the right frame of mind to win this game.

Who Will Win

It’s simple: Ohio State is mad – the Buckeyes are tired of hearing how they can’t win on the road. Wisconsin isn’t as loaded as it was last year, while the Buckeyes are deep and formidable. OSU will get it right on the road and win in Madison, Wisconsin.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Ohio State

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