January 1, 1999
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.