Date/Time - Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3:00 p.m. Central
Arena – Value City Arena (19,049)
Television - CBS (Verne Lundquist and Billy Packer)
Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)
Series – Ohio State leads 83-63
Last Meeting – Ohio State won 66-49 on March 11, 2007 in Chicago
Wisconsin Probable Starters
1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 11.2 ppg - leads UW in scoring in Big Ten games)
3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 12.6 ppg - second in the Big Ten in steals)
22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.6 ppg - shooting .455 from three over last 11 games)
32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 12.4 ppg - needs four points for 1,000)
45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.3 ppg - seventh in Big Ten in rebounding)
Off the Bench
12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 7.9 ppg - averaging 12 ppg over last four games)
24 Tim Jarmusz (Freshman Forward, 0.3 ppg - season-high 13 minutes at Illinois)
30 Jon Leuer (Freshman Forward, 3.9 ppg)
34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 2.9 ppg - leads team with 30 blocked shots)
Ohio State Probable Starters
14 Jamar Butler (Senior Guard, 14.2 ppg)
31 Kosta Koufos (Freshman Center, 13.8 ppg)
45 Othello Hunter (Senior Forward, 9.4 ppg)
23 David Lighty (Sophomore Guard, 8.7 ppg)
21 Evan Turner (Freshman Guard, 8.3 ppg)
Off the Bench
33 Jon Diebler (Freshman Guard, 6.8 ppg)
42 Matt Terwilliger (Senior Center, 3.3 ppg)
2 Eric Wallace (Freshman Guard, 2.1 ppg)
52 Dallas Lauderdale (Freshman Forward, 1.0 ppg)
Last Time Out
Coach Bo Ryan's Badgers have been known for being near impenetrable at the Kohl Center, but for whatever reason this year, UW continues to look like a team quite comfortable with playing – and winning – in opposing gyms.
The No. 10 Badgers (22-4, 12-2 Big Ten) improved their Big Ten-best road record to 8-2 with a solid 71-57 win over at Assembly Hall on Wednesday evening.
"We're just trying to bring our best game every night, whether it's at home or on the road," UW guard Jason Bohannon said. "Illinois is always a tough place to play, and for us to get a lead down the stretch and not have to play a close game, that was a big step for us."
Wisconsin's duo of sophomore guards was terrific. Trevon Hughes hit some tough shots in the second half to break out of his mini-scoring slump with 18 points, his highest total since Feb. 3.
And Bohannon was spectacular off the bench again, scoring 15 points and going 5-for-5 from the line. He has now hit 33 consecutive free throws dating to Jan. 19, two short of the school record (35) set by Wes Matthews in 1980.
This will be the 147th meeting between Wisconsin and Ohio State with the series dating back to 1905
Ohio State leads the all-time series 83-63, including 51-20 in Columbus
after meeting three times last season, this is the only scheduled game between the teams this season
UW is 9-4 against the Buckeyes under Bo Ryan, including 3-2 in Columbus
From 1942-2001, UW won 11 league games just once. Wisconsin's 12 conference wins this season are just one shy of the school record set last year.
Wisconsin leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the country (according to the Feb. 17 NCAA statistics) in scoring defense (55.4). UW also ranks second in the league in field goal percentage defense (.388).
UW ranks second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage during league games (.741). Over the last seven games, Wisconsin is shooting .777 (122-of-157) from the free throw line. In Big Ten play, Wisconsin is 66-of-80 (.825) from the free throw line in the last four minutes of the game.
UW is averaging just 14.9 personal fouls per game, sixth-fewest in the country according to the Feb. 17 NCAA statistics. The Badgers have made more free throws (394) than their opponents have attempted (372).
Senior Brian Butch needs eight points to become the 32nd Badger in history to score 1,000 career points.
On Jan. 9, 2007, the two teams met in Madison for the first of three games. Wisconsin was 15-1 on the season and ranked No. 3 in the nation, while the Buckeyes entered the Kohl Center as the fifth-ranked team in the nation and boasted a 13-2 mark. The Badgers controlled most of the game, and if it wasn't for a late run from OSU, Wisconsin would have won by a larger margin than the 72-69 final score showed.
After receiving the first-ever No. 1 ranking in school history on Feb. 19, 2007, the Badgers traveled out to No. 1/2 Ohio State and lost by one (49-48) as OSU's Ron Lewis blocked Kammron Taylor's last second attempt for the win. Only two weeks later the two met for a third time in the Big Ten Tournament title game. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead and were too much for the Badgers to overcome, taking home the trophy after a 66-49 win.
This year is a little bit of a different story. OSU lost freshman phenom Greg Oden along with Mike Conley Jr. and Ron Lewis to the NBA last year. Mosre recently, the Buckeyes have lost three of their last five and currently sit in fifth place in the conference.