Big 10 foes will clash when the Wisconsin Badgers (3-4) take on the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-3) at Kohl Center. Wisconsin opened as a 10.5-point favorite, while the games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 134.5 points. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers ATS Preview
In the Buckeyes last contest, they were beaten by the Clemson Tigers, 79-65. Keita Bates-Diop had a good performance for Ohio State, leading the team in scoring with 21 points on 7-for-18 shooting. Clemson did a terrific job of making free throws (11-13; 84.6 percent). Ohio State, on the other hand, held the Tigers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.0 (below their season average of 27.2).
The Badgers are hoping for a better outcome after their 49-37 loss to the No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers in their last contest. Ethan Happ led Wisconsin in scoring with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Virginia had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 23.6). Wisconsin, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.083 vs. 0.000).
Wisconsin may have difficulty getting to the foul line in this battle. The Badgers rank 294th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.212, while Ohio State ranks 39th in FTA rate allowed (0.198) dating back to the 2016-17 season. ,
Of Ohio State’s 6 games that accepted bets, five have finished under the O/U total, while 3 of Wisconsin’s 6 games have finished under the projected point total. The Buckeyes have the superior straight up (SU) record (5-3 vs. 3-4), but the Badgers hold the significant advantage against the spread (ATS) (2-4 vs. 2-4).
Each team won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Buckeyes won the last matchup 83-73. The Buckeyes played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.460 and an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 37.0. For those same stats, the Badgers were 0.175 and 22.2, respectively.
Ohio State Buckeyes at Wisconsin Badgers Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Wisconsin, ATS Winner – Wisconsin, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Badgers rank 15th in rebounds allowed per game (31.0) while the Buckeyes rank 120th (34.3).
- Wisconsin ranks 17th in three pointers allowed per game (17.7) while Ohio State ranks 290th (24.3).
- The Badgers rank 112th in steals per game (6.6) while the Buckeyes rank 247th (5.2).
- Wisconsin ranks fifth in assists allowed per game (10.1) while Ohio State ranks 124th (12.8).