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January 1, 1999

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The Wisconsin Badgers are looking to get back on the winning track when they%^$host Ohio State on Saturday in a Big Ten battle.

%^$ The No. 19 Badgers (12-2, 0-1 Big Ten) had their 10-game winning streak%^$snapped Wednesday when they were beaten 59-55 by the Michigan Wolverines in%^$their conference opener.

%^$ Michigan, which came into the game with a losing record, trailed by eight%^$points at halftime but still managed to pull off the impressive comeback as%^$Wisconsin shot just 20 percent from the field in the second half.

%^$ The loss was a bitter pill to swallow for Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett.%^$

“It hurts because we had prepared everything to prepare for the Big Ten and%^$this was an opportunity,” he said.

%^$ The Badgers, who start a three-game homestand, have not won in Ann Arbor%^$now, since 1982.

%^$ Ohio State (11-3, 1-0) suffered a disheartening loss as well in its last%^$game. The Buckeyes lost to the Miami Hurricanes, 72-64, on Sunday in the Orange%^$Bowl Classic to become the first Big Ten team to ever lose to the Hurricanes.%^$The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Ohio State which will begin%^$1999 with a tough schedule as they play six of their next seven games against%^$ranked opponents.

%^$ Wisconsin will have to find a way to stop Michael Redd who is averaging 19.4%^$points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Ohio State needs to contain Sean Mason who is%^$also scoring 19.4 per contest. Mason had 29 in the loss to Michigan.