Jan 26, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (32) drives to the basket between Penn State Nittany Lions forward Sasa Borovnjak (21) and guard Jermaine Marshall (11) during the second half at the Bryce Jordan Center. Ohio State defeated Penn State 65-51. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Wisconsin Badgers @ Ohio State Buckeyes

Jan 26, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft (4) drives to the basket around Penn State Nittany Lions guard Nick Colella (20) during the second half at the Bryce Jordan Center. Ohio State defeated Penn State 65-51. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the Ohio State Buckeyes face off against the Wisconsin Badgers at Value City Area. The Buckeyes enter tomorrow’s contest ranked 11th in the nation and hold a 15-4 record. They are 5-2 in the Big 10. They currently sit behind Michigan, Indiana and Michigan State.

The Badgers enter the ballgame with 14-6 record, 5-2 in conference. They are currently unranked. Despite being unranked, the Badgers have one of the top defenses in the country. The Badgers have the 7th ranked defense in the nation that only allows 54.9 points per game. Scoring points against the Badger defense will be difficult.

The Badgers are led by Jared Berggren (#40), a Forward-Center, from Princeton, Minnesota. Berggren averages 12.0 points per game. Wisconsin has two other scorers in double figures as well, Forward Ryan Evans and Guard Ben Brust.

As stated above, scoring against the Badgers will be tough. But, the Buckeyes should be able to do so. The Buckeyes will need a solid performance from Deshaun Thomas. Thomas is averaging 20.0 points per game. His 3-point shooting will be needed to stretch the Badger Defense.

The current Vegas odds have Ohio State winning by 6 points. The under/over for this game is 119.5 total points. This suggests a low scoring game. This makes complete sense with two teams that only average 140.8 points per game and both play great defense.

Conventional wisdom says that Ohio State wins a difficult game. Three of the last four meetings between the two clubs have resulted been decided by an average of 4.3 points. The home team has won in the last seven match ups.

Scarlet and Game Prediction: Wisconsin 56-Ohio State 64

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