Just over 9 minutes into the game things were looking good for Ohio State, as they led at Wisconsin 13-7. After that, the roof caved in. The Badgers outscored the Buckeyes 31-7 the rest of the half, punctuated by a 16-0 run over the last 4:30. Wisconsin led at the break 38-20 and never looked back, whipping Ohio State 70-57, snapping the Buckeyes 3-game win streak. Big man Kaleb Wesson, coming off arguably his best game as a Buckeye, a 23 point, 12 rebound performance in Tuesday's win at Michigan, struggled against the Badgers, scoring only 6 points on 2-11 shooting.
"I thought we got a lot of balls knocked loose from us and we got bumped off our spots a lot," coach Chris Holtmann said after the game. "I thought we had the ball around the basket a lot, but just didn't finish well enough."
Meanwhile, on the defensive end, Ohio State struggled to corral Wisconsin's 3-point shooters. The Badgers made 12 3-pointers, including 5 by reserve guard Brevin Pritzl, who finished with a game high 19 points. Pritzl averages only 7.2 points a game.
On the Joel Riley show Monday, we talked with former Ohio State basketball captain and 610 WTVN basketball analyst Tony White about the loss. You can check out that interview on Joel's podcast page by clicking here. Tony joins me Monday night from 7-8 pm for Basketball Bucksline.
Also, below is Chris Holtmann's post-game press conference, courtesy of 24-7 sports. Ohio State (15-8, 5-7 Big 10) is back home this week for two games, vs. Rutgers Wednesday and vs. Purdue Saturday.