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Wisconsin Ohio State Betting - Ohio State Tries To Stay In Contention For A Top Seed

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/10/2014 4:19:10 AM

The Ohio State Buckeyes cannot be assured of a No. 1 seed for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. That’s why this weekend’s game against Wisconsin is so crucial for them.

Wisconsin Badgers @ Ohio State Buckeyes - Sunday, February 26
Sports betting line: No line

Why Wisconsin Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, it’s worth going over the previous meeting between these two teams this season, in which Ohio State dug out a narrow 58-52 win over Wisconsin on the Badgers’ home court. Wisconsin generated just three bench points in that contest. Coach Bo Ryan’s team also hit just 5 of 27 three-pointers, an abysmal 18.5 percent shooting clip. Wisconsin attempted only three foul shots compared to 16 for Ohio State. The Badgers handed out only 10 assists while committing nine turnovers.

Point guard Jordan Taylor pretty much played the whole game, logging 39 out of 40 possible minutes, yet scored only 12 points and was nowhere near the level of performance he displayed when he led Wisconsin past Ohio State in 2011. All these factors went against Wisconsin, and yet the Badgers lost to the Buckeyes by only six points. It’s really rather remarkable when you think about it. If Wisconsin had it 8 of 27 threes instead of 5 of 27, it would have won.

If the Badgers had attempted 12 foul shots and made 10 of them, they would have won. Small differences were and are the only things keeping Wisconsin from beating Ohio State. If the Badgers can make a few more shots and get a slightly better performance from Taylor, they can definitely go into Columbus, Ohio, and win.

Why Ohio State Will Win

The college basketball betting experts who follow the Big Ten Conference know that Ohio State simply has better athletes than Wisconsin does. The Buckeyes were better than Wisconsin in the last meeting between the two teams even though OSU’s best perimeter shooter, William Buford, was just 4 of 15 from the field in that contest. Ohio State has big man Jared Sullinger on its roster, and Wisconsin doesn’t; that’s going to be the biggest reason why the Buckeyes should complete a sweep of the season series in this game. Sullinger was a beast in the first meeting against Wisconsin, scoring 24 points while snapping down 10 rebounds and adding three steals for good measure.

Nobody on Wisconsin’s roster can begin to match Sullinger’s combination of size, length, power, leaping ability, and shooting touch. “Sully” is just too big and too prominent an advantage for Ohio State. Wisconsin would need its star guard, Jordan Taylor, to go for 30 points if it wants to have a decent chance of winning this game. The main thing Ohio State needs is a more efficient game from Buford; if the Buckeyes’ best shooter takes good shots and doesn’t get greedy, OSU is likely to produce very effective possessions.

Who Will Win

It’s hard to see how Wisconsin will stop Sullinger, and it’s hard to imagine Buford having another 4-of-15 shooting performance. Wisconsin needed to win the matchup between these two teams in Madison, Wisconsin. This return engagement in Columbus sets up well for Ohio State.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Ohio State

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