Game Day Grades: Ohio State

MADISON - With solid offense and stifling defense, No.20 Wisconsin turned in one of its most complete performance of the season in a 71-49 thrashing of No.13 Ohio State Sunday. Badger Nation hands out the grades.

Offense: A

The Badgers' offense finally had an outburst with their best shooting performance on the year - going 29-for-55 (52.7 percent) from the floor. Wisconsin was able to find balance scoring with four Badgers in double figures with Ben Brust and Jared Berggren leading Wisconsin with 15 points a piece. Traevon Jackson scored 10 on 4-for-8 shooting and Sam Dekker had 13 points off the bench.

Wisconsin lived and died by the three against the Buckeyes going 7-for-19 (36.8 percent) in the game. Even though Wisconsin attempted 19 threes, they did manage 30 points in the paint.

The Badgers took good care of the basketball with only nine turnovers. After not getting to the free throw line the first time against the Buckeyes, the Badgers managed to go 6-for-10 in the game.

Berggren, Dekker, and Ryan Evans all had impressive dunks, as Evans was able to get the crowd off their feet with an impressive one-handed tip in jam off of a Dekker miss. Evans finished the game with nine points.

Defense: A

The Badgers were able to hold the Buckeyes to a season-low 49 points and a poor shooting percentage - going 21-for-56 (37.5 percent) from the floor. Deshaun Thomas hurt the Badgers on offense going for 18 points on 8-for-17 shooting, but Sam Thompson was the only other player to score in double figures with 10 points.

The Badgers made it tough for the Buckeyes offense by contesting almost everyone of their shots. The Badgers were able to block four shots, all coming from Berggren. Berggren now has 122 blocks in his career, which makes him second on Wisconsin's all-time list.

Wisconsin was able to force Ohio State into coughing the ball up nine times in the game, which the Badgers were able to convert into 12 points. The Badgers were able to steal the basketball away five times in the game with Dekker leading the team with two steals.

Wisconsin did a great job of playing good physical defense with only committing nine team fouls. Ohio State went 4-for-11 from the charity stripe. The Badgers did a solid job of protecting the paint and making sure the Buckeyes didn't get anything easy, as Ohio State finished with 24 points in the paint.

Overall: A

Wisconsin came out firing on all cylinders, built a lead as big as 26 points and never let Ohio State get the game back to single digits. Even if Ohio State made a run, the Badgers' offense responded to remove all hope. Wisconsin has gone through scoring droughts throughout the year, but was able to avoid them to put together a complete game.

Wisconsin was able to win the rebounding battle 37 to 30 and was able to pull down eight offensive rebounds. The Badgers were able to convert their second chance opportunities into 10 points.

Berggren put together a nice all-around game, especially getting points in the low post that opened up the offense. Besides Berggren's 15 points and four blocks, he also grabbed eight rebounds. When the offense can get Berggren going it only means good things for the rest of the players.

Dekker reached double figures for the third straight game. Dekker has been playing with good confidence lately and he's shooting the ball well. Not only has Dekker shot well but has been able to find his teammates and improving his defense for the Badgers.

Game MVP: Ben Brust. Brust was fantastic in recording his fifth double-double in his career with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Brust came out hot making his first two shots from three and finished the game 6-for-11 from the floor. Brust, who went through a dry spell shooting the basketball at the beginning of Big Ten play, now has five consecutive games of scoring in double figures. Brust has been shooting the basketball well and has been able to find himself good shots. He hasn't forced anything. Wisconsin is going to need Brust to continue to shoot the basketball well if their going to have success.

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