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How and what to watch for No. 15 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Wisconsin

Wisconsin will go for its third win in a row, as Ohio State is set to get started on a key three-game stretch.

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Wisconsin Badgers guard Trevor Anderson works the ball against Northwestern Wildcats guard Ryan Greer during the first half at the Kohl Center.  Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The 10th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers will go for their third straight win when they host the No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, January 23. The game is set to tip off at 4 p.m. ET.

After finding itself on the wrong end of a 43-6 run in a 77-54 loss to the Michigan Wolverines, the Badgers won consecutive games against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Northwestern Wildcats. Wisconsin improved to 12-3 overall this season including 6-2 in Big Ten play, which is tied for second. The Badgers rank 29th in defensive efficiency and 37th on the offensive end.

Ohio State is coming off a 67-65 home loss to the Purdue Boilermakers on Tuesday night to drop to 11-4 overall including 5-4 in the conference, putting the Buckeyes in sixth place in the Big Ten. This is the start of a key three-game stretch for Ohio State as it will face Wisconsin, Michigan State and Iowa in consecutive games.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Ohio State vs. Wisconsin on Saturday, January 23rd at 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS, or you can via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Wisconsin -4.5
Point Total: 134
Money line: Ohio State +165, Wisconsin -210

  • Ohio State is 6-3 against the spread in its last nine games, and the total went over in six of of those games.
  • Wisconsin is 17-3 straight up in its last 20 games, and Ohio State is 15-5 in that span.
  • Wisconsin is 6-2 straight up and against the spread in its last eight games against Ohio State.
  • The total went under in four of Wisconsin’s last five games.

The Best Bet

Sconny and D’Mitrik Trice are known for their defense, but they’ve also managed the 19th-best offense by adjusted efficiency so far this season. Senior point guards at home and teams that defend well give just enough additional value that’s not always correctly factored into the line, and this Buckeyes outfit can score, but doesn’t defend well as a team.

Pick: Badgers -4.5

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