Preview: No.24 Ohio State at Wisconsin

Sitting on a three-game winning streak, the Wisconsin Badgers welcome back Ohio State to the Kohl Center for the first time since 2007 in a primetime matchup against two teams eager for an important confidence-boosting victory.

No.24 Ohio State (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (15-9, 6-6 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - ESPN (Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Erin Andrews)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – Ohio State Leads 83-64

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 58-53, on February 24, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.8 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 11.6 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 11.0 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.3 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.5 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 1.7 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.3 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 1.8 ppg)

43 Kevin Gullikson (Senior Forward, 0.8 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 5.0 ppg)

Ohio State Probable Starters

02 Jeremie Simmons (Junior Guard, 7.8 ppg)

21 Evan Turner (Sophomore Guard, 17.0 ppg)

33 Jon Diebler (Sophomore Guard, 11.0 ppg)

44 William Buford (Freshmen Guard, 11.8 ppg)

52 Dallas Lauderdale (Sophomore Forward, 5.1 ppg)

Off the Bench

04 P.J. Hill (Junior Guard, 1.4 ppg)

15 Kyle Madsen (Junior Center, 1.1 ppg)

32 B.J. Mullens (Freshmen Center, 9.3 ppg)

Last Time Out

Stuck in an ugly six-game losing streak just a week ago, the Badgers (15-9 overall, 6-6 Big Ten) look like they've steered the ship in the right direction after beating the Hawkeyes (13-12, 3-9) 69-52 on Wednesday night to win their third-straight game.

"We've put that behind us," said senior Joe Krabbenhoft. "We've got to forget about the past, but learn from it and we've done a great job of that. The learning is what you're seeing here and that's why the wins have been adding up."

With nine points in the game, Marcus Landry recorded his 1,000th career point – becoming only the 33rd player in school history to do so. Krabbenhoft led Wisconsin with 16 points, while Bohannon added 15 and Trevon Hughes chipped in with 14.

However, it appeared as if this game might be as close as the Jan. 21st meeting at Iowa City, Iowa in which the Hawkeyes won 73-69 in overtime. As the final media timeout of the first half was underway with 2:26 remaining, Wisconsin only held a slim five point lead at 29-24.

But then the Badgers went on a 7-0 run after that to close the half by scoring nine straight points and never looked back.

Series Notes:

This will be the 148th meeting between Wisconsin and Ohio State with the series dating back to 1905 with the Badgers own a 42-30 advantage in games played in Madison

This is the only scheduled game between the teams this season UW has won six-straight games vs. the Buckeyes in Madison

UW is 10-4 against OSU under Bo Ryan, including a perfect 5-0 at the Kohl Center

The Buckeyes are 19-8 overall when ranked vs. the Badgers.

Three available players on the Ohio State roster have appeared in the Wisconsin series with David Lighty out with a foot injury. Lighty has faced the Badgers four times in his career. Evan Turner, Jon Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale have a combined three appearances, all in the lone meeting a year ago in Columbus. The three have a combined 10 points and seven rebounds in the series.

Thad Matta is 5-6 vs. the Badgers during his eight years as a head coach.

Wisconsin Notes:

Saturday will mark the Badgers' 10th game against teams ranked in the AP top 25. Only Notre Dame, who faces its 10th ranked opponent Thursday has squared off against that many ranked foes this season.

Under Bo Ryan, Wisconsin owns a 16-7 record vs. ranked opponents at the Kohl Center. UW is 1-3 in such games this season, with a win over #23 Illinois and losses to #9 Texas, #18 Minnesota and #16 Purdue by five or fewer points each.

Over the last three seasons Wisconsin has accumulated a 35-11 (.761) record in Big Ten play, the best in the conference. Ohio State (32-13, .711) is second over that time span.

Ryan's Badgers have a knack for rounding in postseason form late in conference play. Wisconsin is a perfect 3-0 this month and has posted a 15-3 (.833) record in the month of February over the last three seasons. In eight seasons under Ryan, UW owns a 40-14 (.741) record in February.

Ohio State Notes:

In the last four games Evan Turner has connected on 29 of 52 (.558) shots from the field. He has scored 97 points during that stretch for a 24.3 ppg. scoring average. Th e Buckeyes are 4-0 with Turner scoring 20 or more points in three. He also averaged 9.3 rebounds while knocking down 80 percent of his foul shots (39-49). He has added 18 assists, five blocks and seven steals during the stretch. In the last seven games, Turner has missed only three of a possible 285 minutes on the court, including all 45 minutes in the overtime win vs. Purdue Feb. 3.

A total of 98 Buckeye players have recorded a double-double all-time at Ohio State. Evan Turner has nine total to his credit, seven this season. Th ere have been 784 games in which an Ohio State player as recorded a combination of 10 or more points, rebounds, assists or steals. Ohio State is 532-252 in games when at least one double-double is recorded by an Ohio State player. Since Thad Matta took over in Columbus, Ohio State is 47-10 when at least one player records a double double.

B.J. Mullens currently is No. 1 in field goal percentage for freshmen in Ohio State history just ahead of Greg Oden (.616/2007) and Terence Dials (.623/2002). Mullens is scoring on 62.8 percent of his shots to date (86-137).

Four players, two sophomores and two freshmen, average 10 or more points in Big Ten Conference play this season for the Buckeyes.


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