Big Ten Tournament 2013 Championship: Game preview for Wisconsin vs. Ohio State

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Wisconsin and Ohio State will face off for the Big Ten championship game on Sunday.

The Big Ten tournament wraps up with the championship game on Sunday. The Wisconsin Badgers and Ohio State Buckeyes will be facing off for the automatic NCAA bid.

The Badgers earned this spot by knocking off Indiana in the semifinals, a big win that could propel them to a No. 3 seed regardless of how this game plays out. Wisconsin plays the typical brand of B1G basketball we all know and tolerate--a physical defense and boring but efficient offensive tempo. Junior Ben Brust (11.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG) and senior Jared Berggren (11.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG) lead the way for Wisconsin.

Ohio State took care of Michigan State in the semifinal round and are looking to play for a No. 2 seeding next week. Junior Aaron Craft (9.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.6 APG) was the big hero in Saturday's win over the Spartans, but junior Deshaun Thomas (19.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG) remains the big headliner, and will be the No. 1 threat for Wisconsin to look out for.

The two teams split their regular season series, with the home team winning both times. In the last matchup, Wisconsin shut down Craft, who made only 2 of 9 field goals, and won 71-49. It's that kind of withering defense that will make the Badgers a threat to make serious noise in the dance.

Time and TV listing: 3:30 PM ET, CBS

Location: United Center, Chicago

Line: Ohio State by 2

SB Nation coverage: For more on Wisconsin, check out Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more on Ohio State, check out Land-Grant Holy Land.

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