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Wisconsin Badgers host Ohio State Buckeyes in college basketball action

Ohio State BuckeyesWisconsin Badgers
16-5February 01, 2014, 12:00 | Kohl Center17-4

The Wisconsin Badgers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Kohl Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Buckeyes will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 9-11 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Badgers are 11-9-1 ATS. Ohio State is 8-12 against the total, while Wisconsin is 12-8 versus the number.

View Ohio State Buckeyes vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Badgers as -4.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Badgers sit at No. 11 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Buckeyes sit at No. 28 on the same chart.

Ohio State was a 71-70 loser in their most recent outing at home against Penn State. They failed to cover the 13-point spread as favorites. Ohio State suffered a 71-70 loss against Penn State on Wednesday, getting 16 points from LaQuinton Ross in a losing effort at Value City Arena.

In their last action, Wisconsin was a 65-56 loser at home against Northwestern. They failed to cover the 17-point spread as favorites. Ben Brust scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Badgers to a win (they lost 65-56 to Northwestern at Kohl Center on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wisconsin's No. 93 nationally ranked offense (74.29 points per game) against a Buckeyes defense that sits as the No. 9 at 58.9 PPG. The Badgers have been averaging 45.91% from the field, more than the Buckeyes have managed so far this season (45.36% on average).

A few Buckeyes at Badgers trends to consider:
Ohio State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Ohio State is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
Ohio State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Ohio State's last 8 games on the road
Wisconsin is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Wisconsin is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
Wisconsin is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Wisconsin's last 8 games

Next up:
Ohio State at Iowa, Tuesday, February 4th
Wisconsin at Illinois, Tuesday, February 4th