Ohio State vs Wisconsin Basketball Prediction & Picks (2023 Big Ten Tournament)
Wisconsin faces a must-win game tonight at the United Center in Chicago, as they will take on Ohio State to tip off the Big Ten Tournament (6:30 pm ET, BTN).
As noted in our March Madness bubble watch, the Badgers (17-13, 9-11 Big Ten) are listed as the second team out of the field in ESPN’s latest Bracketology update, while they are the first team out in the latest update at CBS Sports.
So, the twelfth-seeded Badgers need a win tonight over the Buckeyes (13-18, 5-15 Big Ten), the tournament’s #13 seed, to keep their March Madness hopes alive for at least another day.
Will the Badgers survive and advance to a matchup with fifth-seeded Iowa? Read on for our Ohio State vs Wisconsin basketball prediction and picks.
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Ohio State vs Wisconsin Odds
Odds for Ohio State vs Wisconsin are via FanDuel as of Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 2:40 pm ET.
- Ohio State -1.5 (-105)
- Wisconsin +1.5 (-115)
- Over 130.5 (-110)
- Under 130.5 (-110)
- Ohio State -118
- Wisconsin -102
Will the Recent Surge Continue for Ohio State?
Both of these teams started well this season before dropping off, with Ohio State having the biggest drop-off.
After a win at Northwestern on New Year’s Day, the Buckeyes were 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. They then lost six straight games, then followed a home win over Iowa with nine straight losses.
However, they enter the Big Ten Tournament having gone 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS in their last three games. That is thanks to two double-digit home wins over Illinois and Maryland and covering in a six-point loss at Michigan State to close out the regular season.
In their last four games, Ohio State has scored 70+ points in each game, which matches the same number of times they scored 70+ points in the previous 12 games.
Will the Buckeyes continue their late surge against the Badgers?
If Ohio State can reach the mid 60s or higher, Wisconsin may be in serious trouble. When they have allowed 65 or more points this season, the Badgers are 5-8 SU and 4-9 ATS. By comparison, the are 12-5 SU and 9-7-1 when allowing fewer than 65 points this season.
Ohio State vs Wisconsin Prediction and Picks
Buckeyes vs Badgers Prediction: Wisconsin to win
Buckeyes vs Badgers Picks: Wisconsin ML (Best Value: BetRivers) & Wisconsin team total over 64.5 (Best Value: Caesars Sportsbook)
The Badgers haven’t really done a lot to earn much trust, but with so much on the line tonight, I think they will pull out the win.
I don’t recommend committing too much to this game because it is such a toss-up. But there is a good value opportunity with Wisconsin as an underdog here, even though they finished with two games ahead of the Buckeyes in the standings.