Wisconsin vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview
|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.
- 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).
|B||L. Smith Jr.||28||10||5||2||0||0||1|
|C||A. Della Valle||7||3||2||0||0||0||0|