Ohio State 83, UW 73: Slow start kills Badgers

JaQuan Lyle had 17 points and Jae'Sean Tate added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in almost a year.

The No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers (11-4 Big Ten, 22-6 overall) have made losing to unranked opponents a habit in the last two weeks.

Wisconsin played its worst half of the season in the first 20 minutes, followed that with a slightly better effort in the second half but still suffered a humbling 83-73 loss to Ohio State on Thursday night at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes shot an astounding 77.8 percent in the frame and put together a 12-0 run.

It looks like Urban Meyer hasn't forgotten Terrelle Pryor's NCAA missteps, which may be why Pryor was apparently "forgotten" on a recent Ohio State quarterbacks video.

The Badgers, who came in looking to tie Purdue atop the Big Ten standings, seemed disinterested throughout the first half.

Tate already had a double-double at halftime with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Koenig finished with 27 points, while D'Mitrik Trice was the only other Badger in double-figures, scoring 14 points off the bench.

It was Ohio State's first double-digit win since beating Youngstown State 77-40 on December 20.

Ohio State received monster first halves from Jae'Sean Tate and C.J. Jackson. JaQuan Lyle scored 17 points and four assists off the bench and Marc Loving added 10. Tate finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Following Tuesday's matchup against the Nittany Lions, Ohio State will close out the regular season at home next Sunday against Indiana.

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After Wisconsin's Vitto Brown hit a 3-pointer to start the game, the Buckeyes answered with a 13-2 run and wouldn't relinquish the lead. All eight Buckeyes who played scored. Luckily for Buckeye fans one thing to be optimistic for next season about is that Tate should be back for his senior season, where he can finish off a very strong career.

The Buckeyes out hustled the Badgers on both ends of the floor in the first half, shooting 52% from the field and out rebounding the visitors 23-12 in the first 20 minutes of play. Thad Matta set an Ohio State record coaching in his 457th career game.

The Fighting Irish (26-3, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) dominated inside and never relented, winning the points in the paint battle 44-14 and finishing 10 blocked shots to the Eagles' one. Happ was held to a season-low six points in the first meeting with Ohio State this year.

  • Julie Sanders