On Sunday afternoon the Wisconsin Badgers will travel to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten battle. Wisconsin comes in ranked 21st with a 21-9 record and is in 4th place in the Big Ten. Ohio State comes in with an 18-12 record and is in 8th place in the conference.
Ohio State Needs to Bounce Back from Loss
Wisconsin is coming off a 65-45 win over Iowa on Thursday. Ethan Happ led the way for the Badgers with 21 points on 5 of 11 shooting to go with a team-high 14 rebounds and 3 assists. Khalil Iverson was the only other Badger in double figures with 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. Aleem Ford added 9 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. D’Mitrik Trice was the leading assister in this one with 4 assists to go along with 5 points and 5 rebounds.
Ohio State is coming off a 68-50 loss at Northwestern on Wednesday. The Buckeyes scored just 17 points in the 1st half and could not overcome the 11-point halftime deficit. Keyshawn Woods was the leading scorer in this one with 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting. Woods and Justin Ahrens tied for the team lead in rebounds with 7. Duane Washington Jr. was the only other Buckeye in double figures with 11 on just 4 of 14 shooting to go with 6 rebounds. Washington and 2 other Buckeyes tied for the team lead in assists with 2.
Happ Leading the Badgers
Ethan Happ leads the Badgers in all 3 major statistical categories. He is averaging 17.9 points per game and is shooting 53.5% from the field. He also grabs 10.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.6 assists per contest. The one downfall to Happ’s game is his free throw shooting, which is at 46.9% for the season. The next highest leading scorer is D’Mitrik Trice, who is scoring 12.1 a game and is shooting 41.3% from deep. Brad Davidson is the only other Badger averaging double figures with 10.8 a game. Wisconsin is scoring 69.5 points per game on 45.8% shooting and is holding opponents to 61 points a game. Wisconsin is 7-5 on the road this season.
Ohio State is led by Kaleb Wesson, who is averaging 14.6 points per game and he leads the team in rebounding with 6.7 a game. However, Wesson will not play in this one due to a suspension for violating a team policy. CJ Jackson scores 11.8 points a game and dishes out a team-high 3.4 assists a game. Andre Wesson chips in 8.6 a game and Luther Muhammad adds 8.2 a game. The Buckeyes do not have a player shooting above 40% from 3-point range. Ohio State is averaging 69.4 points a game on just 43.8% and is holding opponents to 65.3 points a game. Ohio State is 12-5 at home this season.
Wisconsin comes in at -2.5. Both of these teams struggle offensively, but Wisconsin will have the best player on the court in Ethan Happ. With Wesson out, Happ will have an absolute field day and should be dominant in this one. Ohio St will not be able to score at all as they are without their leading scorer. I think Wisconsin will grab an early lead in this one and coast to a double-digit victory. Take Wisconsin -2.5.
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