Ohio State vs. Wisconsin: Live Score and Analysis for Big Ten Tournament Final
Ohio State University is your Big Ten tournament champion.
The Buckeyes beat Wisconsin in a 50-43 slog on Monday to win their third tournament title in the past four seasons.
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Ohio State 50, Wisconsin 43 -- Final
As expected, the Big Ten title game was a defense-oriented affair.
You could say the game was played at Wisconsin's pace, but it's not like the Buckeyes play fast either.
Both teams play great D. Both teams play slow.
And indeed, this was a slow, ugly game.
Wisconsin's 3-of-18 mark from three was the difference, especially down the stretch when the Badgers needed a big shot or two to keep pace.
Ohio State also struggled from beyond, but the Buckeyes offense was a bit more diverse. OSU got to the line 12 times and scored a few key buckets in the lane to pull away late.
Big picture, this game was all about seeding.
Ohio State, you would figure, has to be a solid two-seed. Wisconsin still has a chance to get a protected top-four seed, but that's no longer a given. The committee will have to weigh the quality of the Badgers' schedule against their 11 losses.
But a seed is just a seed. The game is still in the hands of the young men who play it.
Onward, to Madness!
OSU 50, Wisconsin 43 -- Final
That's a wrap.
Ohio State is your Big Ten tournament champion.
OSU 50 Wisconsin 43 Second Half 33.3 seconds
Evans misses a jumper and Thomas responds with another FT.
Wisconsin will allow the clock to run.
OSU is your Big Ten Tournament champion.
OSU 49, Wisconsin 43 Second Half 44.3
Deshaun Thomas knocks down both FTs after being fouled intentionally. OSU in control.
OSU 47, Wisconsin 43 Second Half 55.3 seconds
The Badgers get the ball back off an Aaron Craft double dribble and can't capitalize.
Bruesewitz misses a trey. OSU ball coming out a timeout. Wisconsin needs to think about fouling pretty darn soon.
"Wisconsin...5 and a half minutes without a field goal." -Every game they play, including the wins— Shane Ryan (@ShaneRyanHere) March 17, 2013
Ohio State 47, Wisconsin 43 Second Half 1:32
Brust comes off a curl and fires a three fading away. He misses. Wisconsin needs a stop.
Refs aren't calling anything, it appears. No flagrant on Berggren.— Jim Polzin (@JimPolzinWSJ) March 17, 2013
Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal
They're reviewing whether Berggren elbowed Thompson in the head. I don't know which way this will go after the call in the MSU/OSU game.— Jim Polzin (@JimPolzinWSJ) March 17, 2013
OSU 47, Wisconsin 43 Second Half 1:50
Traevon Jackson knocks down both FTs.
Wisconsin forced a shot clock violation on the other end. Badger ball.
The refs are looking into a possible flagrant on Jared Berggren in the battle for the rebound.
Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch
LQ Ross playing with confidence and swagger. Ohio State might be getting deep at exactly the right time.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) March 17, 2013
Ohio State on an 8-0 run and leads 47-41 with 2:27 left. UW has gone 5 possessions and 4:34 without scoring.— Jim Polzin (@JimPolzinWSJ) March 17, 2013
OSU 47, Wisconsin 41 Second Half 2:27
Dandy spin move by Ross in the lane puts the Buckeyes up six.
Badgers respond by drawing a pair of FTs at the other end. Attempts coming after the TV timeout.
OSU on an 8-0 run.
Raphielle Johnson of NBC Sports
If Ross can do enough defensively to remain on the floor next week he can help Ohio St. on the othen end. Thought he'd break out this year.— Raphielle Johnson (@raphiellej) March 17, 2013
OSU 45, Wisconsin 41 Second Half 4:27
Ross skies for an offensive rebound and then draws an and-one on the put back. The FT rattles out.
In this game, a four-point lead actually feels substantial. Bucky needs a bucket.
OSU 43, Wisconsin 41 Second Half 5:20
Tricky fastbreak finish from Aaron Craft off a rare Wisconsin TO.
Buckeyes up two, and the United Center roars.
Shane Ryan of Grantland
Wiscy/OSU combined 4-28 from three. This is what makes the B1G so hard predict. Poor? Just great defense? Combo? Susceptible to bad game?— Shane Ryan (@ShaneRyanHere) March 17, 2013
Wisconsin 39, OSU 39 Second Half 7:23
Dekker bricks the FT and Thomas responds with a hoop.
Surprise, surprise: We have ourselves another tie.
Teams are a combined 4-27 from long range. Tired legs?— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 17, 2013
Brian Snow of FOXSports
I honestly think there is a solid chance Sam Dekker is 1st team All-Big Ten next season. Kid is super talented— Brian Snow (@BSnowScout) March 17, 2013
Wisconsin 39, OSU 37 Second Half 7:48
Freshman standout Sam Dekker sinks the and-one.
He'll attempt the FT after a television timeout.
Jim Nantz said to me pregame, "First to 50 wins?" He's looking spot on right now.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 17, 2013
OSU 37, Wisconsin 37 Second Half 8:36
Looks like this game will come down to the final few possessions. Considering the tenor of Big Ten play this year, that sure would be fitting.
OSU 37, Wisconsin 37 Second Half 8:36
Bo Ryan calls for time.
Neither team can get any separation in the second half.
Jim Polzin of The Wisconsin State Journal
Berggren hurt his right hand on that last strip. Kaminsky replaces him.— Jim Polzin (@JimPolzinWSJ) March 17, 2013
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