Grades: Badgers Fail To Stop OSU

Wisconsin failed to stop Jon Diebler as the senior guard knocked down seven three-pointers in Ohio State's 93-65 beat down of the Badgers.

MADISON — Until Sunday, Wisconsin had not allowed an opponent to score over 70 points.

Ohio State finished their highlight reel game with 93 up on the board.

The Buckeyes shot 14-of-15 from three-point range. Most teams couldn't shoot that well from the free throw line in practice.

It was the most points the Badgers have given up since 2006.

If you are looking for a single point to encapsulate the loss, the succession of plays at the 12-minute mark would serve best. Mike Bruesewitz provided UW with the best shot of energy all day by throwing down a hellacious and-one dunk over center Dallas Lauderdale. The Badgers forced a missed shot on the next play … and then fumbled an uncontested rebound out of bounds.

Jon Diebler hit one of his seven three pointers on the inbounds pass.

Offense: B-

It is hard to judge an offense when the team was trailing by 20 points for most of the second half. But for the most part, UW seemed fine when it came to putting the ball in the hoop.

The Badgers finished the game scoring at 1.14 points per possession — a tenth of a point below their season average — but were playing around their usual rate before a slump came when the game was clearly lost.

Curiously, Jordan Taylor only attempted three 3-pointers, making two of them, after hitting seven on Thursday. Hounded by Ohio State's Aaron Craft all game, Taylor finished with just eight points and didn't seem to possess his normal energy for playmaking.

Josh Gasser showed impressive grit, as he continued to attack the hoop even after the game was out of hand, and he led UW with 17 points.

Defense: F

Where is the line between horrific defense and pure lights out shooting?

Who knows. But the Badgers didn't do anything on 'D' to slow down OSU's roll.

Probably somewhere after Diebler made his fourth three-pointer in the first half, Gasser and Tim Jarmusz should have put their noses an inch away from his chest and forced the senior dead-eye to put the ball on the ground. Guarding him closely wasn't close enough.

Ohio State shot 68 percent from the field and 93 percent from three.

At least UW saw an opponent do that (Cornell, Davidson), before tournament time.

Overall: F

The fact that this year's Wisconsin team is the worst defensive roster since Bo Ryan has been coaching has largely been masked because UW is the best offensive team under Ryan as well.

It wasn't Sunday.

UW has become used to Taylor bailing them out when games get out of hand. He was missing in absence Sunday.

Last year Wisconsin scored a big win at Illinois before bombing out early in the Big Ten tournament. Let us hope that momentum truly doesn't matter.

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