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Odds To Win the Big Ten Tournament
Ohio State is a longshot in the Big 10 Tournament, by virtue of having to win five games in five days to capture the title. If the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin, they’d have to beat the 5-seed Iowa, followed by the 4-seed Michigan State to reach the semifinals.
OHIO STATE VS. WISCONSIN: BIG TEN TOURNAMENT BETTING ODDS
Why Ohio State Can Cover
After starting the season 10-3, the Buckeyes stumbled to the finish line, going 3-15 down the stretch. From a situational standpoint, however, this is an excellent spot for the Buckeyes. The Badgers are coming off a hard-fought game at the lowly Gophers on Sunday. Steven Crowl and Tyler Wahl bailed out the Badgers, combining for whopping 42 points as their bench struggled to score.
In their last matchup, the Badgers were gifted with 13 points from the charity stripe. The Buckeyes uncharacteristically committed 22 personal fouls on defense. Freshman forward Brice Sensabaugh committed three of his own in the first half and eventually fouled out of the game. He finished with only 13 points in 16 minutes of play. Expect the Buckeyes to make a concerted effort to stay out of foul trouble this time against a Badgers team that only scores 14.4% of their points from the free-throw line. The Badgers’ halfcourt offense could stall and struggle to score if they can do this.
Speaking of gifted points, OSU turned it over 16 times when these teams last squared off, which resulted in 15 points off turnovers. The main culprit was Isaac Likekele, who had five turnovers.
OSU’s offense thrives in the mid-range, scoring 56.8% of their points inside the arc. Look for Justice Sueing and Sensabaugh to get whatever they want in this regard against a defense that ranks 324th across D-1, defending the midrange. The Badgers also allow their opponents to shoot a whopping 51.2% inside the arc, which ranks No. 225 in the country. Keep in mind the Buckeyes’ premier inside scorer, Zed Key, is out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.
Moreover, Greg Gard’s unit allows the conference’s second-highest open 3-point rate (via ShotQuality). Considering this, Ohio State’s lethal three-point shooting should continue on Wednesday, especially if Sensabaugh (16.5 ppg) can stay out of foul trouble.
Why Wisconsin Can Cover
Conversely, the Badgers’ strength comes on the defensive end, ranking 26th in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency. Gard’s squad excels at forcing opponents into bad shot selection (No. 20) and limiting PPP at the rim (No. 53). If they can dictate the tempo and force OSU into long possessions, they could force Holtmann’s squad into poor shot selection Wednesday evening.
The Badgers’ offense is designed to play through the low post, as they sport the second-highest post-up frequency in D-1. Wisconsin’s advantage on the block comes from their big man Crowl. The 7-foot 245-pounder presents a matchup nightmare with his slick low-post moves, frequently forcing teams to bring a double team. Look for Gard to get his big man going early and often in the low post. If he does and double-teams ensue, Wisconsin’s other playmakers should benefit with some easy looks.
In addition to their low post-scoring ability, Wisconsin’s offense matches up well against an OSU defense that struggles to guard the perimeter. The Buckeyes have allowed conference opponents to shoot a blistering 35.6%, the 4th-highest rate in the Big Ten. With Chucky Hepburn (43.1%) and Connor Essegian (38.8%) leading the way, the Badgers possess the shooters needed to exploit a vulnerable perimeter defense.
OSU’s defense ranks 122nd in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency, mainly due to their inability to turn opponents over, accumulating only 10.7 per game (No. 317 in D-1). On the flip side, Wisconsin is one of the least-turnover-prone teams in the nation, averaging 8.7 per game (No. 2 ). If OSU’s offense is struggling in the half-court, they aren’t likely to pick up an easy buckets in transition either.
College Basketball Bets Conclusion
Look for this Buckeyes to do enough to come away with a victory in a revenge spot for Holtmann’s squad. The best available line is currently Ohio State . Good luck on your own college basketball best bets. For more, check out our college basketball power rankings.
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