NCAAB Odds, Picks & Prediction for Wisconsin vs Ohio State

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Pictured: Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard gives Wisconsin guard Chucky Hepburn (23) some instruction. (Photo by Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Wisconsin vs Ohio State Odds

Thursday, Feb. 2
7 p.m. ET
Wisconsin Odds
-105o / -115u
Ohio State Odds
-105o / -115u
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The Ohio State Buckeyes crashed and burned in January as they went just 1-7. However, there is not much better to be said about the Wisconsin Badgers.

The Badgers went 1-6 in January as they struggled to find their offense without Tyler Wahl. However, Wahl is back and the turning of the calendar could be just the thing Wisconsin needs to get back on track.

Which of these two teams will start February with a victory? Let's find out as we dig deep into this matchup in search of the best bet.

Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers losing streak began right after they lost their star forward. While Wahl's absence was a big blow to the team, it opened the door for Steven Crowl to become a bigger part of the offense.

Crowl posted double-figure scoring nights in two of the three games Wahl missed. Now that Wahl is back, the two will need to be on if the Badgers want to get back to their winning ways.

In this matchup against the Buckeyes, the Badgers may need to shoot their way out of this slump. Wisconsin attempts a great deal of 3's, which have accounted for 39% of its points this season, but Ohio State is 33rd in 3-point percentage defense.

While that may seem like a tough matchup, Ohio State does allow teams to get shots off from beyond the arc, but whether they go down will decide this matchup.

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes' numbers are deceiving. Yes, they are 10th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency, but they have been ice-cold on offense for the past month.

In five of the eight games, Ohio State posted effective field goal percentages under 50%. Much like the Badgers, the Buckeyes aren't afraid to shoot from long range, but variance has not been in their favor and the cold trend may continue.

Wisconsin is in the middle of the pack when it comes to defending 3's, but only a third of the points surrendered have come from deep. We've seen the Badgers contain solid outside shooting teams like Marquette and Penn State.

We should expect Wisconsin to deploy a similar game plan and force the Buckeyes to beat them inside. This will also keep the Buckeyes from going on extended runs.

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Wisconsin vs. Ohio State Betting Pick

This a matchup of two teams trending in the wrong direction. However, they each still possess the pieces that made them quality teams earlier in the season, and this matchup will be good for both teams.

The last factor in this game is the tempo. Wisconsin is a team that will grind out opponents on both ends of the floor. This pace not only works in its favor offensively, but also limits the number of possessions for the opposition.

With the pace in their favor, we should see an excellent defensive performance from the Badgers as they disrupt Ohio State's perimeter shooting.

On the other end of the court, it will be up to the Badgers to stretch the Buckeyes' defense and drain 3's of their own — which will open up opportunities in the paint.

Back the Badgers to keep this one tight.

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