Basketball

Hoops Preview: Buckeyes Host Badgers Tomorrow In Top 25 Tilt

The No. 21 Buckeyes (7-2, 1-0) host No. 22 Wisconsin (8-1, 1-0) Saturday in a matchup of Top 25 teams. The Badgers last played on Wednesday, overcoming a 22-point first-half deficit in a 64-59 win over Indiana. The 22 points tied the largest comeback margin Wisconsin has ever recorded in a win. The first 22-point comeback came on January 5, 1976 against Ohio State. The Buckeyes come into this game following an 85-74 win Wednesday night against Towson.

Opening Tip

Who: Wisconsin at Ohio State
What: Men’s Basketball
Where: Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
When: Saturday 12:00 pm (BTN)
Why: Because EJ Liddell didn’t come back for nothin’.
Line: Ohio State -4.5, Over/Under 136.5


The Buckeyes​


Buckeye Game Notes​

  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin 89-73 and 54-25 in Columbus. But the Badgers had the upper hand in the last meeting at Value City Arena, winning 61-57 on Jan. 3, 2020. Ohio State won the last meeting, a 74-62 clash at Wisconsin. Ohio State never trailed, but Wisconsin trimmed a 13-point second-half deficit to 4 with 4:40 remaining, but could never get any closer. The Badgers have won three of the last four meetings.
  • Graduate forward Kyle Young led the team in scoring in back-to-back games at Penn State on Dec. 5 and at home vs. Towson on Dec. 8. He scored 16 points at PSU and followed that with a career-high tying 18 points vs. Towson. He has now led the team in scoring in a game eight times in his career. This was just the second time he has done it in back-to-back games as he also scored 16 points at Iowa (2/4/21) and 18 points at Maryland (2/8/21) last season. Young has made the last six three-pointers he has attempted.
  • Justin Ahrens is coming-off a 16-point game against Towson where he was 5-of-10 from long range. That was his fourth career game with five or more three-pointers and he has done it twice this season. He is shooting 44 percent on the year from long range and leads the team with 24 makes.

The Wisconsin Badgers


What You Need To Know​

  • Wisconsin has already tallied 6 wins over KenPom top-100 teams, the most in the nation. Alabama, BYU and MSU have 5. The Badgers have already claimed 4 wins away from Kohl Center, matching USC for the most road/neutral wins among major conference teams this season. Ranked 19th in the NET, the Badgers are tied with Michigan State for the most Quad 1/2 wins (5) in the nation. UW is 3-0 in Quad 1 opportunities and 2-1 in Quad 2. UW has started the season with a record of 8-1 for the second consecutive year and the 3rd time in the last 4 seasons
  • Wisconsin won its first-ever Maui Invitational championship, knocking off Texas A&M, #12 Houston and Saint Mary’s in Las Vegas. During the tourney, UW allowed 58.7 ppg and overcame double-digit deficits in 2 of 3 games.
  • Wisconsin leads the Big Ten allowing 59.1 ppg. The Badgers are 15th in the NCAA in defensive efficiency according to KenPom.com. Only 1 opponent has averaged more than 1.0 PPP in a game against UW this season.
  • Sophomore Johnny Davis is playing like an All-American, earning Maui Invitational MVP honors as well as Big Ten Player of the Week (Nov. 29). On the year, Davis leads Wisconsin averaging 20.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg. He also leads UW in steals (11) and ranks 2nd in assists (18). Davis is shooting 40.0% from 3-point range and 82.6% at the free throw line. The Badgers are 8-0 with Davis in the lineup, dropping a game to Providence when he was out with a lower-body injury. Davis has scored at least 20 points in 5 of the last 6 games he’s played this season, and ranks 3rd in the Big Ten averaging 20.5 ppg.
  • The reigning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, Brad Davison averaged 23.0 ppg in UW’s two wins last week. On the year, the senior is tied for 15th in the Big Ten in scoring (15.0 ppg) and averaging 2.4 3FGs per game. Davison ranks 11th on UW’s all-time scoring list with 1,498 career points.