The Ohio State Buckeyes wants to be a part of the Big ten regular season title then they better make out the most of their three-game stretch by starting with a win in its final home game over the Wisconsin Badgers â€“ the conferenceâ€™s most successful road team over the past 10 seasons. The Buckeyes, who have already secured a 58-52 road victory over the Badgers last February 4 now comes to this contest with wins in 40 of their last 41 home games. The Badgers, who trail Ohio State and Michigan by one game and conference leader Michigan State by two games, are 5-3 in conference road games and 8-4 overall away from home. Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State Buckeyes When: 4:00 PM ET, Sunday, February 26, 2012 Where: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio The Buckeyes have opened 9-points favorites on several online sports book sites. This free March Madness picks will help you on coming up with an opinion with the game, if you are betting then read our analysis below. Wisconsin Badgers (20-8)
Since coach Bo Ryan took over the program before the 2001-02 season, the Badgers have accumulated 47 road wins in conference play and 61 overall – both marks are the best in the Big Ten over that time. One problem area recently has been Wisconsin’s renowned defense, which has allowed two of its last three opponents to shoot 48 percent or better from the field after not allowing a single opponent to shoot that well over its first 25 games. The Badgers have been hitting it really well lately as they hit at least 37.5 percent of their 3-pointers in consecutive games for only the second time in conference play. The Badgers (51.7 points allowed per game and 27.9 percent 3-point shooting) are on pace to break their modern-day school records in scoring and 3-point field-goal percentage defense. Ohio State Buckeyes (23-5) The Buckeyes are in the top 10 in several NCAA statistical categories – second in scoring margin (plus – 17.9) fourth in turnover margin (plus – 4.9) and eighth in scoring defense (57.1 points per game). Ohio State also allows its opponents 0.86 points per possession – the best mark in the nation. In Ohio State’s earlier victory over Wisconsin, sophomore standout Jared Sullinger controlled the paint early and often, scoring 16 first-half points en route to posting one of his five double-doubles in Big Ten play. Free March Madness Picks: Buckeyes 63, Badgers 57
Published on Mar 7, 2012
The Ohio State Buckeyes wants to be a part of the Big ten regular season title then they better make out the most of their three-game stretc...