Ohio State and Wisconsin will throw down in Big Ten college basketball action on Thursday night.
Both teams have struggled once conference play began. Wisconsin is 4-6 in Big Ten action and Ohio State is sitting at 3-7. They’ve also both been bad as of late, with the Badgers being on a three-game losing streak and the Buckeyes have lost two-straight.
So, which one will grab the win tonight and take a step in the right direction?
Let’s break down the odds and then I’ll tell you why Ohio State is the pick to make.
Wisconsin vs. Ohio State odds, spread, and total
Wisconsin vs. Ohio State prediction and pick
If styles make fights, than the Buckeyes are in a great spot tonight against the Badgers.
Ohio State ranks 38th in the country in two-point shot rate, with 69.3% of its shots coming from two-point range. Now, they face a Wisconsin team that can be attacked down low. The Badgers rank 161st in opponent two-point field goal percentage. Not only that, but 53.7% of the points scored against Wisconsin comes from two-point range, which ranks 279th in the country.
The opposite is true when it comes to the Wisconsin offense against the Ohio State defense. The Badgers rank 79th in 3-point shot rate, with 41.3% of their shots coming from 3-point range. Now, they face a strong Buckeyes perimeter defense that ranks 31st in the country in opponent three point field goal percentage.
Let’s also consider how much better Ohio State plays at home compared to on the road. The Buckeyes effective field goal percentage increases by 8.5% at home compared to on the road.
The Buckeyes are the bet to make tonight.
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