Five days after a horrific loss to Nebraska, Ohio State played its best game of the season and took out No. 16 Wisconsin with ease 83-73. The Buckeyes led by 13 at the half, and Wisconsin drew no closer than nine the rest of the game.
Point guards C.J. Jackson and JaQuan Lyle led the way, with 18 and 17 points respectively. The 18 for Jackson was a career high as the sophomore was a perfect 4-4 from 3-point range. Lyle's 17 points included perfect shooting from the free throw line (10-10). The two also had 4 assists a piece and Jackson had 4 steals.
But it was more than just Jackson and Lyle. Jae'Sean Tate had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Marc Loving scored 10 points and freshmen Micah Potter and Andre Wesson combined for 15 points off the bench.
"I'm really happy for our guys," Coach Thad Matta said. "We executed well offensively and we did a really good job taking care of the basketball."
The Buckeyes, who had 18 turnovers in the loss to Nebraska, had only 9 vs. Wisconsin. They finshed the game shooting 50 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent (10-16) from 3-point range. It was an unexpected outburst from a team that had lost three games in a row and seemed to be going in the wrong direction.
The Buckeyes did the job defensively as well, holding Wisconsin's all Big 10 inside tandem of Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ to a combined 11 points. Ohio State (16-13, 6-10 Big 10) now has two regular season games remaining, at Penn State on Tuesday and home against Indiana a week from Saturday. To watch coach Matta's comments after the game, click the link here.