(Image courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, game information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, ESPN.com, stats courtesy of teamrankings.com)
After a slow scoring start, OSU held a 13-7 lead at the 10:38 mark to “win” the first quarter of the game. Three minutes later, Wisconsin held an 18-15 lead and would maintain the lead for the balance of the game. Wisconsin iced the game, in the first half mind you, with a 20-5 run in the final 7:30 of the first half to take a 38-20 lead at intermission.
The Buckeyes tried to get back into the game with a 9-2 run over the first our minutes of the second half to pull within 11 points, 40-29. However, the next four minutes saw Wisconsin expand their lead to 18 points, 51-33. The Buckeyes kept futily chipping away at the lead until an Alonzo Gaffney with :13 remaining finished the scoring and a Wisconsin win, 70-57.
The Buckeyes had one player in double figures; Andre Wesson with 11 points, with 9 of them in the first half. Kaleb Wesson had 6 rebounds and Kyle Young had 3 of Ohio State’s 7 assists.
The Badgers had two players in double figures. Brevin Pritzl had 19 points and Aleem Ford had 10 points. Ford had a game high 9 rebounds and D’Mitrick Tryce had 8 assists.
Ohio State shot 37% (18-49) from the field, 32% (6-19) from 3-point range and 94% (15-16) from the foul line.
Wisconsin shot 41% from the field (24-58), 37% (12-32) from 3-point range and 83% (10-12) from the foul line.
Several things worked out well Saturday afternoon:
- Free throw shooting was excellent. The Buckeyes were 15-16 from the free throw line. All in the second half, by the way.
- Luther Mohammad had a solid all-around game, as did E.J. Liddell. It was encouraging to see Luther rebound a bit from a recent slump in play and to see the continual improvement in E.J.
- Nothing worked in the first half. They had 9 turnovers and 8 field goals. They did not have a free throw attempt.
- Ball handling, shooting, game awareness.
Ohio State (15-8, 5-7) is currently is T10th place in the B1G Conference. There are eight remaining games in the regular season. TeamRankings.com has them projected to go 5-3 to finish the regular season at 20-11, 10-10). I have them at 2-6, maybe 3-5.
The Buckeyes host Rutgers (16-7, 7-5) this Wednesday. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 pm ET. You can watch the game on BTN or listen to it on 97.1 TheFan. Or both.