Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Odds: Big Ten Betting Preview

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 16:  Deshaun Thomas #1 and Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes react after scoring against the Michigan State Spartans during a semifinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 16, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Ohio State defeats Michigan State 61-58.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Ohio State Buckeyes will have revenge on their side when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten tournament title game Sunday in Chicago (3:30 pm ET, CBS).

In the early betting, this game opened as even odds, but the Buckeyes had been bet up to minus-1.5 by Sunday morning, according to OddsShark.com.

That situation sets up nicely for a Badgers team that has been very tough as a small underdog. In 16 games since 2004 as a dog of two or fewer points, Wisconsin is 12-4 ATS.

Ohio State, the No. 2 seed in this Big Ten tournament, reached Sunday's final by beating Nebraska Friday 71-50, then winning a tough one against Michigan State Saturday 61-58.

The Buckeyes breezed to a cover as 14-point favorites over the Cornhuskers, then squeaked out a cover as two-point favorites over the Spartans.

Fourth-seeded Wisconsin, meanwhile, got to Sunday by upending Michigan Friday 68-59, then knocking off top-seeded Indiana (for the second time this season) Saturday 68-56. The Badgers won as two-point underdogs against the Wolverines and as six-point dogs against the Hoosiers.

Ohio State and Wisconsin split two meetings this season. The Buckeyes won the first game back in January in Columbus 58-49, but the Badgers put a hurtin' on OSU in the second game in Madison, winning 71-49, handing the Buckeyes their worst loss of the season.

OSU shot 51 percent from the field in winning that first contest, but UW jumped all over the Buckeyes early in the second game, as the Badgers ended up shooting 53 percent from the floor.

Ohio State has won its last seven games since that loss in Madison.

The Buckeyes are playing in the Big Ten championship game for the fifth straight season. They lost to Purdue four years ago, won it back-to-back in 2010 and 2011, then lost to Michigan State last year.

Wisconsin is playing in the Big Ten title game for the first time since winning it five years ago.

Before this tournament started, Ohio State was listed at plus-250 to win it, while the Badgers were getting plus-800.