The Wisconsin Badgers ripped the Ohio State Buckeyes 71-49 to move their record to 18-8 (9-4 in the Big Ten). This was a great win for the Badgers, not only because it reflected a determination to rebound from the disappointing overtime loss to the Minnesota Gophers, but because it moved Wisconsin from tied for fifth in the Big Ten to tied for third only two games behind Indiana and Michigan State (who they still play).
The win for the Badgers was impressive defensively, holding the Buckeyes to 37 percent from the field and only 25 percent from beyond the arc. Deshaun Thomas gets his points every game and continued to do so in this game, but the Wisconsin defense shut down every other offensive threat that Ohio State had. The Badgers held Aaron Craft (one of the best and most consistent shooters in the country) to 2-9 from the field and zero threes for the game. If the Badgers defense can play like that in the NCAA tournament, Wisconsin has the potential to defeat any team in the country.
As much as this win shows the toughness of Wisconsin, it shows the weakness of Ohio State more. Ohio State lives from range, and any team that can keep the Buckeyes from dominating in the paint has the opportunity to win. Wisconsin is gaining momentum as the season heads towards March.
Overall this was an impressive win for the Badgers. Wisconsin will turn their eyes next to the Northwestern Wildcats – the type of mid-Big Ten team that has given them trouble all season.