College Basketball Predictions: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers at No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes
Sunday, 2/26/12, 4:00 PM EST, TV:  CBS
Opening Point Spread:  Ohio State -10
Current Betting Line:  Ohio State -9
Opening Total:  117.5
Current Total:  120.5
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Ohio State Buckeyes guard William Buford will play his final game inside Value City Arena on Sunday

Wisconsin will be seeking revenge for a 58-52 home loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes as   3.5-point home underdogs on Feb. 4.  The Badgers have alternated wins and losses over their last six games.  The squad will be looking to bounce back from a 67-66 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes as 5.5-point road favorites last time out.  “Guys were a little anxious, trying to make the great play instead of the good play,” commented Badgers head coach Bo Ryan.  Wisconsin is 0-3 ATS when revenging a home loss and the “over’ is 2-1 in those contests.

The Badgers are on a record-setting pace at the defensive end, allowing opponents a nation’s-low 51.7 points per game.  Wisconsin is led by the play of senior point guard Jordan Taylor, who is averaging 15.8 points per game during Big Ten Conference action.  He has been instrumental in leading the team to a 5-3 record in conference road games, while going 8-4 overall away from the Kohl Center.  Badgers head coach Bo Ryan is 13-8 against the Buckeyes, including a 4-4 mark inside Value City Arena.

Ohio State will look to win consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 4-7, coming off a convincing 83-67 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini as 15.5-point home favorites.  “We had to come with great intensity and really bring it,” commented Buckeyes senior guard William Buford, who currently sits sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list.  He will be honored alongside three others in playing their final game inside Sunday’s venue.  Ohio State is 9-4 ATS at home and the “under” is 8-6 in that situation.

The Buckeyes will be leaning heavily on the perimeter play of senior guard William Buford, who has scored more points than any other player inside Value City Arena since it opened in 1998-99.  Ohio State owns a 83-65 all-time lead in this series, which includes a 6-2 mark when both teams come in ranked.  The team has tallied a 5-4 record against ranked opponents this year, including the earlier win versus the Badgers, as sophomore center Jared Sullinger scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to their 6-0 ATS mark on Sundays, while the Badgers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven conference games.

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