Can the Badgers take a bite out of the Buckeyes undefeated season, and drop OSU down a few notches in the College Basketball rankings? The way both have been playing lately, it's not unreasonable to look for a possible huge upset when the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes visit the No. 1 14 Wisconsin Badgers in a Big Ten conference battle at the Kohl Center on Saturday (2 pm ET, ESPN). Ohio State (24-0, 11-10 ATS, 11-0 Big Ten) leads the conference standings by three games over the Badgers and the No. 2. 12 Purdue Boilermakers, but has had a few close calls recently, including a 58-57 nailbiter against the unranked Northwestern Wildcats two weeks ago, a game The Wildcats had every chance of winning until the Buckeyes stall the ball with 17 seconds remaining and scored the winning basket.Wisconsin (18-5, 12-7 ATS, 8-3 Big Ten) has won three straight, including a 66-59 win over Purdue last week.
OSU beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers 82-69 in its last game Sunday, cashing as a 4.5-point road favorite. David Lighty scored 19 points and freshman standout Jared Sullinger had 18 points and dropped down 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes.UW got a look Wednesday but prevailed 62-59 over the Iowa Hawkeyes, but could not cover as 7-point road chalk.This is the first meeting of the season. The Buckeyes won 60-51 in their last meeting on Jan. 16 last year, cashing as a 5.5-point home favorite. The teams are both 5-5 SU in the past 10 clashes and Ohio State has a slight edge against the spread at 6.4.Bettors will want to note that Ohio State is 1-7 SU in its last eight trips to Wisconsin.Expert handicapper Scott Matthews has been killing with his College Basketball picks and is now offering free daily picks, and a special rate for membership in his High Roller Club. Check out http://www.smpicks.com or call 1-888-777-5104.