Wisconsin vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview

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Wisconsin vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview
(22) Wisconsin
(23-10, 7-6 away)
(10) Ohio State
(25-7, 19-2 home)
Venue: United Center
3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT, March 17, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Wisconsin B Brust 11.4 R Evans 7.5 T Jackson 2.8
Ohio State D Thomas 19.6 D Thomas 6.2 A Craft 4.7

Ohio State battles Wisconsin in the championship of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center on Sunday. Tipoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET and it can be seen on CBS. The Buckeyes fell to the Badgers 71-49 on Feb. 17 and are 5-5 against them over the last four years. Ohio State will be looking to extend its seven-game win streak.

The 20 points and nine assists by Aaron Craft helped the Buckeyes to a 61-58 victory over Michigan State on Mar. 16. He leads the team with 4.7 assists per game and 2.1 steals per game. In a 68-56 victory over Indiana on Mar. 16, Ryan Evans put up 16 points and eight rebounds for the Badgers. He is averaging 10.4 points per game in addition to a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game. The Four Factors in which Wisconsin stands out are defensive rebounding percentage at 73.5 and turnover percentage at 15.7.

Wisconsin StatSmack

  • Ohio State has an average margin of victory of 9 over Wisconsin in 39 wins since 1980.
  • Ohio State has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Wisconsin (two vs. zero).
  • The Ohio State assist leader (Aaron Craft, 134 assists) has more assists than the Wisconsin assist leader (Traevon Jackson, 86 assists).
  • The Ohio State scoring leader (Deshaun Thomas, 592 points) has more points than the Wisconsin scoring leader (Jared Berggren, 355 points).
  • Over the past 10 years, Ohio State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Wisconsin (eight vs. three).
  • Ohio State has a stronger schedule than Wisconsin this season (SOS Rank: No. 13 vs. No. 26).
  • The Ohio State steals leader (Aaron Craft, 60 steals) has more steals than the Wisconsin steals leader (Traevon Jackson, 32 steals).
  • Since 1998, Ohio State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Wisconsin (16 vs. four).
  • Ohio State has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (79.0 percent to 69.5 percent).
  • Diaper Dandies love Ohio State. Ohio State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Wisconsin (17 vs. 2).
  • Ohio State has more wins over the last 5 years than Wisconsin (163 vs. 147).
WISC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Jared Berggren 29 11 7 1 1 2 1
B+ Ben Brust 0 11 5 2 1 0 1
B+ Ryan Evans 29 10 8 2 1 1 1
B Sam Dekker 22 10 3 1 1 0 1
B Mike Bruesewitz 28 7 5 2 1 0 1
C+ Traevon Jackson 27 6 2 3 1 0 2
C George Marshall 17 5 1 1 0 0 1
C Frank Kaminsky 10 4 2 1 0 0 0
C- Dan Fahey 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Jordan Smith 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Zak Showalter 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ J.D. Wise 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Evan Anderson 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Zach Bohannon 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Deshaun Thomas 0 20 6 1 0 0 1
B+ Aaron Craft 34 10 4 4 2 0 2
B L. Smith Jr. 28 10 5 2 0 0 1
B- Sam Thompson 24 7 3 1 1 1 1
B- Shannon Scott 20 5 2 4 2 0 1
C+ Evan Ravenel 18 5 5 0 0 1 1
C+ Amir Williams 17 4 4 0 0 1 1
C+ LaQuinton Ross 17 7 3 0 0 0 2
C A. Della Valle 7 3 2 0 0 0 0
C Jake Lorbach 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Rogers 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Trey McDonald 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
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