Bohannon Does It All

Although still a role player coming off the bench, sophomore guard Jason Bohannon is leading No.10 Wisconsin to victory after victory.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Playing Ohio State's swarming 3-2 zone, Wisconsin needed something to loosen up the defense that caused 12 turnovers in the first half and get the offense going.

Jason Bohannon — more specifically his 3-point shot — was just that something.

The junior made three of four threes in the second half of Wisconsin's 58-53 victory over Ohio State Sunday, helping the Badgers pull away from a Buckeye team that is starting to become frustrated after three losses in its last four games.

Bohannon just missed becoming the sixth player to tally 20 or more points in a Big Ten game for Wisconsin, but did lead all players in scoring with 16.

"We were trying to work that corner because they were playing that 3-2 zone and that corner area is wide open, they only have two guys down there," Bohannon said.

With Bohannon knocking down the threes, Ohio State was forced to make it a point to guard him, extending the zone to the point where operating inside became easier.

"When he's hitting his shots, he makes the zone come out even further and that opens up the middle," forward Marcus Landry said. "Later on in the game, we got some lay ups in the middle of the paint."

Sunday's game was the fifth straight Bohannon has registered a double figure point total, and as has been the case for most of that stretch, he did more than just camp at the 3-point line and shoot outside jumpers.

Bohannon also made two nice slashes to the hoop that netted two lay ups.

"To get behind them they kind of lose sight of you," Bohannon said. "That's what Joe (Krabbenhoft) is really good at, and that's what I was trying to work at today."

Brian Butch, Millennium Man

It's been a long, winding road for Brian Butch, but he finally got there.

Coming into the game Sunday, Butch needed eight points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career and he did one better with a nine point, four rebound performance.

The senior got points 1,000 and 1,001 with a midrange jumper with 6:25 left in the game. Just as Butch would like it, those two points were integral in helping Wisconsin pull out a tight victory.

"It's a pretty unique thing to go through, and to do it in a win is the most important thing to me," said Butch, a perpetual team-first player. "If anybody knows me, that's what it's all about."

Butch's up-and-down career at Wisconsin has been well documented, from his unique decision to redshirt as a freshman after being named a high school All-American, to his bout with mononucleosis the following year and eventually his gruesome elbow injury a year ago. Having seen Butch persevere through all of that, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was happy to see his pupil get some additional acknowledgement.

"For what Brian's been through and all he's done," Ryan said. "He's persevered a lot, and that's quite an accomplishment."

Butler doesn't start

Ohio State senior guard Jamar Butler has been seemingly everywhere for the Buckeyes this season. He recently set the program's career-assist record, leads the Big Ten in assists and is tops on the team in scoring with an average of 14.8 points per game.

The Ohio State game notes even have a special page outlining his career accomplishments. But what drew attention to Butler was what he didn't do Sunday, namely start.

In what was a coach's decision, Thad Matta kept Butler on the bench at the beginning of the game, marking the first time in 95 games the point guard was not in the starting lineup.

Evan Turner took Butler's place.

"It was a team issue," senior forward Matt Terwilliger said.

Butler entered the game as a sub at the first dead ball and finished with 14 points and five assists in 36 minutes.


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