Winning in Madison is difficult enough. When Wisconsin shoots for 50 percent behind the arc, it becomes even tougher to beat them. These two factors were enough to end Ohio State’s undefeated season as the Badgers beat the Buckeyes 71-67.
The Buckeyes played excellent defense in the first half. They contested almost every shot and made it difficult for Wisconsin to get second chance points. Unfortunately, the second half wasn’t the same. They left players wide open on the perimeter and they didn’t box out. This gave Wisconsin better opportunities and they took advantage of them.
Another reason for Wisconsin’s win was Jordan Taylor‘s performance. He played out of his mind in the second half making shot after shot. He finished the game with 27 points. His performance leaves no doubt he is one of the better guards in the country.
Now the Buckeyes must focus on what went wrong and correct it quickly.
Defensively, they need to work on their communication. Too many times in the second half Wisconsin shooters were left wide open. Several times the Badgers were able to pick up offensive rebounds while Ohio State’s players looked at each other. To prevent these things from happening in the future the Buckeyes must work together as a unit and communicate better.
Overall, the Buckeyes didn’t play a bad game but they weren’t great either. Wisconsin became red-hot in the second half and it’s tough to stop a team when they are shooting well. It’s never easy to lose, but they’ll learn from this and come back better for it.
For Wisconsin, this was a huge win. The Badgers played with amazing determination in the second half and this was one of the deciding factors. They showed when the tempo quickened they could adapt and as a result they beat the number one team in the country.