College Basketball Betting Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers – Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021

#15 Ohio State (11-4, 5-4) takes on #10 Wisconsin (12-3, 6-2) in a huge Big Ten game for both teams. The Badgers want to stay within one game of conference leader Michigan and the Buckeyes try to avoid falling to .500 in conference play.

Ohio State is coming off a 67-65 loss to Purdue. Wisconsin is riding a two-game winning streak after being blown out by Michigan.

Ohio State Betting Preview

Chris Holtmann is starting to be known as one of the best X’s and O’s coaches in all of college basketball. He has the Buckeyes as the fifth most efficient offense in the country.

Ohio State just doesn’t give up possessions as they have the 15th best turnover rate in the nation. The Buckeyes do not get in any hurry as they have the 299th ranked tempo.

Duane Washington Jr. leads the team in scoring (15.7) and assists (2.9). Washington has struggled inside the arc (38.5), but has shot it well from three at 39.3%.

E.J. Liddell is second on the team in scoring (14.1) and leads the team in rebounding (6.9), steals (.8) and blocks (1.2). Liddell plays much bigger than his 6-7 frame would indicate and is shooting 56.6% from two-point range.

Ohio State is ranked 18th by Kenpom. The offense is 5th in efficiency and the defense ranks 76th.

Wisconsin Betting Preview

The Badgers are 10-1 at home this season, with the only loss to Maryland. It will be a strength on strength matchup as the 6th ranked Wisconsin defense will take on the 5th ranked Ohio State offense.

D’Mitrik Trice leads the team in scoring (14.8) and assists (3.7). Trice is shooting 42.7% from three-point range.

Micah Potter is the team’s second leading scorer (12.1) and leads the team in rebounds (6.7). Potter has been super efficient on offense but is only playing 22.7 minutes per game.

Kenpom has Ohio State ranked 8th in the nation. The offense is 19th in efficiency and the defense ranks sixth. There will not be many turnovers as the Badgers have the second best turnover rate overall.

The Line

Mybookie has Wisconsin as a 5-point favorite. The total is set at 134 points.

Free Betting Pick

If you like end to end action, this game will not be for you. Both teams are ranked at bottom of tempo. But, do not mistake that for lack of offense as both teams are well coached and efficient.

The Badgers will try and take advantage of their size and feed Potter and Nate Reuvers. Look for Holtmann to spread with a lot of five out sets to take advantage of Liddell’s athleticism. It is going to be a fun coaching battle to watch.

This line is just about perfect and I cannot find a lean either way. The play here is the under, as both teams will play slow and Wisconsin’s defense is elite.

Ohio State 61, Wisconsin 66

Betting Pick: Under 134

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