Can the Wisconsin Badgers Hand Ohio State Its First Loss?

Mitchell SkurzewskiContributor IFebruary 11, 2011

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Bo Ryan of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts during a game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center November 20, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 68-65.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The Jared Sullinger led Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team currently sits at 24-0 and has the potential to run the table the rest of the way.

On Saturday, perhaps the most daunting task on the schedule looms. That task is getting to 25-0 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Badgers have a streak of their own going at the Kohl Center and will come into the showdown against the No. 1 ranked Buckeyes with an unblemished 13-0 mark at the Kohl Center and a 18-5 overall record.

Can Wisconsin move to 14-0 in Madison and ruin the Buckeyes chance at a perfect season?

The timing may not be better for Wisconsin, who is getting dominant play from both Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer.

As a team the Badgers have won six of their past seven games with victories over Illinois, a 26-point drubbing of Michigan State and a victory over Purdue (all at the Kohl Center) thrown in there. The lone loss in that stretch was at Penn State, but Wisconsin has put that out of its mind with the victories over the Spartans, Boilermakers and its last victory over Iowa coming on the road. 

Wisconsin will need more than just Leuer and Taylor to beat Ohio State. Seniors Keaton Nankivil and Tim Jarmusz will need to hit some timely shots, along with solid defense from everyone.

The Buckeyes have great perimeter players in David Lighty, William Buford, Jon Diebler and Aaron Craft and Wisconsin will need to keep them in relative check.

Sullinger will more than likely get his points and rebounds, but the Badgers can not let anyone else "go off."

Well none of the road victories before Saturday would match a victory at the Kohl Center, Ohio State have picked up quality road wins over Florida State, Minnesota and Illinois already this season.

One thing is for sure tune into ESPN at 1 p.m. because this game will be a great one. The Buckeyes will either move to 25-0 overall, or the Badgers can derail the Buckeyes undefeated season, keep slim hopes for a Big Ten Title alive and go to 14-0 at the Kohl Center. It is going to be fun!

What do you think, will the Badgers knock off the Buckeyes?