Ohio State at Wisconsin 1/12/17 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions
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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers
NCAAB: 7:00 PM EST
Jan. 12, 2017
Latest Odds : WIS -11 Total 134
The Ohio State Buckeyes are off to a sickly start and Madison, Wisconsin is not the best place for a Big Ten team to get well.
The Buckeyes dropped their first three conference contests by a total of 16 points. They lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers 76-68 in their last outing. The offense produces 74.3 ppg (165th) and is 85th in efficiency. Jae'Sean Tate paces a balanced attack, providing 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. JaQuan Lyle adds 11.6 ppg and 5.6 apg while Marc Loving chips in 11.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg. The Buckeyes have been strong inside, converting 53.9 percent of 2-point shots. Ohio State allows 65.6 ppg (52nd) and is 40th in defensive efficiency, holding opponents to 42.9 percent shooting inside the arc.
The Wisconsin Badgers are trying to bounce back from a decisive 66-55 loss at Purdue but had won nine games in a row prior to that defeat on Sunday. Coach Greg Gard has his team playing well on both ends and looking like a Big Ten contender. Bronson Koenig leads the Badgers with 14 points per game. Nigel Hayes adds 13.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg while Ethan Happ contributes 13.4 ppg and 9.1 rpg. The Badgers are top 15 in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage and defensive rebounding percentage. They score 76 ppg and are 16th in offensive efficiency. Like the Buckeyes, they've been extremely proficient on 2-pointers, converting 55.9 percent. They allow 59.8 ppg (7th) and are 17th in defensive efficiency.
Recent Betting Trends:
Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
Badgers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Under is 8-2 in Buckeyes last 10 games following a ATS loss.
Under is 4-0 in Badgers last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Free Betting Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes +11
The Buckeyes have been better than their bad road record suggests, Ohio State nearly won at Virginia and Minnesota before falling apart late. Like Ohio State to do enough ATS to give bettors a win as Bucks lose by less than double digits. Final Score Prediction, Wisconsin Badgers win but fall short ATS 72-64.