Ohio State Buckeyes vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction, 1/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Ohio State (-2)
The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-4) are headed to Kohl Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Wisconsin Badgers (12-3). The line on this matchup has Ohio State as 2-point favorites. The over/under is set at 140.
Ohio State will take the court with a mark of 11-4 on the year. The Buckeyes are connecting on 34.6% on 3-point shots (123 of 355) and 75.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 76.7 points per contest (84th in Division 1) while hitting 44.7% from the field. They are turning it over 10.2 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 17.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Ohio State is snagging 37.5 boards per game and has racked up 194 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 88th in the country in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Buckeyes have forced 10.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.3 fouls. They give up 33.2% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 110th in the nation in opponents PPG (67.7). The Buckeyes defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 41.6% (361 of 867) and they concede 33.1 rebounds per game as a squad. They are ranked 273rd in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 185 conceded for the season.
The Ohio State Buckeyes faced the Purdue Boilermakers and went home with a loss by a final score of 67-65 in their last contest. Ohio State finished having earned a 37.7% field goal percentage (20 of 53) and buried 14 of their 35 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Buckeyes buried 11 of their 17 tries for a rate of 64.7%. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 26 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 11 assists for the contest as well as getting 2 steals and 2 rejections. When discussing defending, Ohio State allowed 37.7% from the field on 20 of 53 shooting. Purdue recorded 4 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Boilermakers grabbed 33 rebounds (7 offensive, 26 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Purdue finished shooting 58.8% from the charity stripe by knocking down 10 of their 17 shots. They also converted 5 of 20 shots from beyond the arc.
Duane Washington is a player who was a major factor for the contest. He accumulated 21 points on 7 out of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 minutes and also pulled down 3 boards. Washington finished 50.0% from the field and dished out 6 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this contest for the Buckeyes was Justin Ahrens. He had 4 rebounds and also earned 2 assists. He ended up shooting 33.3% from the floor in this game by connecting on 3-of-9 (12 points). When all was said and done, Ahrens was on the court for 34 min.
Wisconsin has a record of 12-3 for the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Badgers are shooting 44.2% from the field, which is 190th in the country. Wisconsin has accumulated 1,100 pts on the campaign (73.3 per game) and they average 34.9 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.7 times per game (157th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 8.3 times per contest. The Badgers commit 15.5 fouls per game while shooting 76.2% from the free throw line. The Badgers on defense are ranked 18th in the nation in points per game surrendered with 61.4. The Wisconsin defense gives up 32.6% on 3-point attempts (92 of 282) and their opponents are converting on 70.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 10.9 assists and 34.0 rebounds per game, which is 51st and 124th in Division 1. They are forcing their opponents into 11.9 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 39.8% from the floor (46th in college basketball).
When they last played, the Wisconsin Badgers took home the win by a final score of 68-52 when they played the Northwestern Wildcats. The Badgers were able to pull down 25 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards totaling 29 in the game. They also turned away 2 attempts while getting 5 steals in this game. The Wildcats were called for 17 personal fouls for the contest which got the Badgers to the free throw line for 11 shots. They were able to convert 10 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 90.9%. In regard to shots from beyond the arc, Wisconsin converted 10 out of 27 tries (37.0%). Overall, the Badgers ended up shooting 24 for 55 from the field which had them at 43.6%. The Badgers allowed the Wildcats to make 21 out of 51 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.2% in this game. They went 30.4% from beyond the arc by shooting 7 out of 23 and ended up shooting 3 out of 7 at the charity stripe (42.9%). In the matter of rebounds, Wisconsin permitted Northwestern to grab 25 overall (2 offensive).
Tyler Wahl pitched in for the Badgers in this contest. He knocked down 5 out of 7 in the matchup for a rate of 71.4%, which got him 14 points. Wahl grabbed 6 rebounds in his 30 mins and accumulated 2 assists for the game. Another guy that played a role for Wisconsin was D'Mitrik Trice. He ended up walking away with 12 points in his 34 minutes played by way of 4 of 11 shooting in this contest. Trice finished going 36.4% from the floor while also contributing 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Wisconsin (+2) and over 140 points
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