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Wisconsin vs. Ohio State - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State Buckeyes (5-3) at Wisconsin Badgers (3-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Kohl Center)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

There’s some pretty interesting college basketball going down on Saturday at Kohl Center as the Ohio State Buckeyes match up against the Wisconsin Badgers. 

The Buckeyes come into this game at 5-3 so far. Ohio State has lost three of their last four to Gonzaga, Butler and Clemson. In that Tigers game, Ohio State was led by Keita Bates-Diop, with 21 points and seven rebounds. 

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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On the season, Bates-Diop is leading Ohio State on 17.4 PPG and 9.9 RPG, and CJ Jackson has 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 4.0 APG. Also in double-digits for the Buckeyes are Jae’Sean Tate (12.9 PPG; 6.9 RPG) and Kaleb Wesson (11.1 PPG; 4.4 RPG). 

Over on the Wisconsin side, they’re sitting at 3-4. The Badgers’ schedule has been brutal lately; they’ve lost four of their last five games, all to ranked teams (Xavier, Baylor, UCLA and Virginia). In that Virginia game, the Badgers’ top scorer was Ethan Happ, with 14 points. 

Happ leads the Badgers in scoring this year with 17.6 PPG and a team-high 9.1 RPG. Brad Davidson (10.9 PPG) and D’Mitrik Trice (10.4 PPG) are the only other Wisconsin players in double-figures. 

The Buckeyes are 11-29-1 ATS in their last 41 road games and 6-18 ATS in their last 24 Saturday games. Ohio State is also 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last eight versus the Big 10. 

Meanwhile, the Badgers are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Wisconsin’s last four overall and the over is 4-1-2 in their last seven home games. 

The Buckeyes started out on a great run, but have tripped up since that Gonzaga game. Ohio State should have beaten Butler (a one-point OT loss), and should at least have been closer to Clemson (a 14-point loss). Wisconsin has gone through the proverbial ringer in their last five games, and things will calm down for a while from here on out. The Badgers were able to hang around against the four ranked teams they’ve faced since November 16, and I like them to cover here. Give me Wisconsin.

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