Ohio State vs. Wisconsin: Full Game Preview

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Ohio State vs. Wisconsin: Full Game Preview
(13) Ohio State
(18-6, 4-4 away)
(20) Wisconsin
(17-8, 13-3 home)
Venue: Kohl Center
1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT, February 17, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Ohio State D Thomas 20.2 D Thomas 6.2 A Craft 4.5
Wisconsin J Berggren 11.7 R Evans 7.8 B Brust 2.6

No. 13 Ohio State heads to Kohl Center on Sunday to take on No. 20 Wisconsin. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. EST and you can see it on CBS. The Buckeyes beat the Badgers 58-49 on Jan. 29 and are 5-4 against them over the last four years.

Both teams share third place in the conference.

The Buckeyes got past Northwestern 69-59 on Feb. 14 with the help of 22 points and 7 rebounds from Deshaun Thomas. He leads the team with 20.2 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. For the Badgers, Sam Dekker finished with 14 points in the 58-53 loss to Minnesota on Feb. 14. He is averaging 9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Areas of strength for Wisconsin include: defensive rebounding percentage at 73.5 percent and turnover percentage at 15.1 percent.

Wisconsin StatSmack

  • Shannon Scott is ranked 9th in the Big Ten in assists and 6th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • The Ohio State scoring leader (Deshaun Thomas, 463 points) has more points than the Wisconsin scoring leader (Jared Berggren, 285 points).
  • Ohio State has a stronger schedule (including future opponents) than Wisconsin this season (Projected SOS Rank: No. 10 vs. No. 32).
  • Since 1998, Ohio State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Wisconsin (16 vs. four).
  • Ohio State players are more experienced than Wisconsin players (11,664 minutes played vs. 11,571 minutes played).
  • Ohio State has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Wisconsin (No. 8 vs. No. 21).
  • Aaron Craft is ranked 3rd in the Big Ten in assists and 4th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • Over the past 10 years, Ohio State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Wisconsin (eight vs. three).
  • Ohio State is a better free-throw-shooting team (69.8 percent vs. 61.9 percent) than Wisconsin this season.
  • Even computers respect Ohio State more. Ohio State has a better RPI this season than Wisconsin (RPI: No. 24 vs. No. 33).
  • The Ohio State assist leader (Aaron Craft, 102 assists) has more assists than the Wisconsin assist leader (Ben Brust, 63 assists).
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Deshaun Thomas 35 20 6 2 1 0 1
B+ Aaron Craft 33 10 4 5 2 0 2
B L. Smith Jr. 28 10 5 2 0 0 2
C+ Sam Thompson 24 7 3 1 1 1 1
C+ Shannon Scott 20 5 3 4 2 0 1
C+ Amir Williams 17 5 4 0 0 2 1
C+ Evan Ravenel 18 5 5 0 0 1 1
C+ LaQuinton Ross 17 8 3 1 0 0 2
C A. Della Valle 8 3 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Jake Lorbach 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Rogers 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Trey McDonald 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
WISC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Jared Berggren 29 12 7 1 1 2 1
B+ Ben Brust 34 11 5 3 1 0 1
B+ Ryan Evans 30 11 8 2 1 1 2
B Sam Dekker 22 9 4 1 1 0 1
B Mike Bruesewitz 28 7 5 2 1 0 1
C+ Traevon Jackson 26 6 2 2 1 0 2
C George Marshall 17 5 1 1 0 0 0
C Frank Kaminsky 10 5 2 1 0 1 0
D+ Jordan Smith 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Zak Showalter 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Dan Fahey 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Zach Bohannon 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Evan Anderson 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ J.D. Wise 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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