Tuesday college basketball odds: Wisconsin at No. 11 Ohio State
The loser of Tuesday’s Wisconsin-Ohio State game will face an uphill battle to win the Big Ten’s regular-season title as the loser will be two games behind Michigan and Indiana in the loss column. The Buckeyes opened as 6-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current odds.
Wisconsin enters off a 45-44 win over then-No. 12 Minnesota. Traevon Jackson hit a 15-foot jumper with four seconds remaining for the winning bucket. Jackson ran down the clock, maneuvering over the 3-point line with about 6 seconds left. He faked a shot, which sent the 6-foot-8 Trevor Mbakwe flying past him, then put up the decisive jumper — replays showed he released the ball just before the 35-second shot clock expired. Jackson shot 4 for 7 from the floor after making just 21 percent of his shots (6 for 28) the previous three games. Sam Dekker and Ryan Evans scored 10 points apiece to lead the Badgers, who ended a two-game slide and have beaten Minnesota 15 times in the past 16 meetings in Madison.
Ohio State won 65-51 at Penn State on Saturday. With Big Ten-leading scorer Deshaun Thomas having an off day, Sam Thompson stepped up for OSU. He scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, and the Buckeyes took advantage of cold-shooting Penn State. Thomas finished with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, well below his league-leading average of 20.5. Thompson picked up the slack from the field for Ohio State (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten), while Lenzelle Smith Jr. helped put away pesky Penn State by hitting 5 of 6 from the foul line over the final 4:13.
This is the first meeting of the season between these teams. Last year the teams split, each winning on the road. In the game in Columbus, Wisconsin won 63-60. Wisconsin got its first road win against a Top-10 Big Ten opponent in exactly 32 years and one month. Wisconsin had not beaten a top-10 team on the road since topping No. 4 Ohio State 72-71 on Jan. 26, 1980. Current Badgers coach Bo Ryan was an assistant coach on that team.
WagerWeb.com trends: Badgers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game. Badgers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Badgers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. Badgers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.