MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Jordan Taylor scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half to rally No. 13 Wisconsin from a 15-point deficit to beat previously unbeaten No. 1 Ohio State 71-67 on Saturday.
Wisconsin (19-5, 9-3 Big Ten) beat a No. 1 opponent for the first time since 1962, when it was also Ohio State. The Badgers joined Florida as the only programs to knock off the same No. 1 school in both football and men’s basketball in the same academic year. The Gators also beat Ohio State in both sports in 2006-07.
Fans at the Kohl Center stormed the court, just like when they rushed the field at Camp Randall Stadium following the Badgers’ 31-18 win there over then-No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16.
William Buford scored 21 points for Ohio State (24-1, 11-1). Freshman Jared Sullinger made an easy layup to push the Buckeyes’ lead to 47-32 with 13:21 left, setting the stage for the comeback.
Mike Bruesewitz and Jon Leuer scored 12 points apiece, while freshman Josh Gasser added 11 for Wisconsin, which won its 17th straight at the Kohl Center and improved to 150-11 at home under coach Bo Ryan.
Ohio State had won 18 straight Big Ten games and 28 regular-season contests. Sullinger scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds, but the Buckeyes failed to keep its quest to become the first undefeated team since Indiana in 1975-76.
Wisconsin was sharp from beyond the arc, hitting 12 of 24 3-pointers to key the upset, but it sure didn’t look like the Badgers would be close after falling behind big.
Taylor sparked a 15-0 run to tie it by scoring eight straight points, hitting a floater and two deep 3-pointers, then Wisconsin went on another 10-0 run down the stretch to hold on.
After the Badgers’ first 15-0 spurt, Ohio State took a 55-52 lead two free throws by Aaron Craft with 7:11 left.
Bruesewitz tied it with a 3 and when Sullinger tried to crash the offensive glass, he tripped and left Keaton Nankivil open on the other end for a jumper. Taylor then made a 3 from the left side and added two free throws to give Wisconsin a 62-55 lead with 4:18 to play.
Jon Diebler and Sullinger each hit two free throws cutting it to 65-63 with 58 seconds left in a last gasp run. But Bruesewitz hesitated at the top of the arc trying to find Taylor and took an open 3 instead, hitting it to make it 68-63.
Craft then lost the ball out of bounds, and the crowd began pouring down to the lower level for the celebration to come moments later. Leuer was hoisted by the crowd and pumped his arms for more noise in the middle of the madness.
About 10 minutes before introductions, the sold-out Kohl Center crowd was whipped into a frenzy with highlights of the Badgers’ win over Ohio State in football were shown followed by the message ”Let’s Take Down No. 1 Again.”
The honorary coach was John Erickson, who led Wisconsin’s 1962 squad to its only other victory over a top-ranked team in basketball, also over Ohio State as Wisconsin improved to 2-19 all-time against No. 1.
The Buckeyes, who wore black ”3407” patches on the two-year anniversary of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 that killed everyone on board including Ohio State video coordinator Kevin Kuwik’s girlfriend, maintained their composure in the noisy environment over the opening minutes.
Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.
February 12, 2011
- The Buckeyes’ 24-1 overall record is the second-best start in school history (1960-61, 27-0). Ohio State held the nation’s longest active winning streak at 24. They were the last remaining unbeaten team in the country before the loss.
- Ohio State is now to 65-5 when ranked first in the country by the Associated Press.
- The Buckeyes are 51-2 in regular season games as the AP No. 1 team. The record is 54-2 in non-NCAA tournament games when AP No. 1.
- As a ranked team, Ohio State is 385-106 all-time. The Buckeyes are 32-1 at home over the last two seasons. They are 4-1 this season vs. ranked teams.
- The Buckeyes are now 38-2 against Big Ten opponents when ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press.
- Ohio State is 39-3 in its last 42 games.
- The Scarlet and Gray fall to 27-2 in their last 29 Big Ten games.
- The Buckeyes are 122-18 when ranked among the Top 3 in the country.
- The loss vs. Wisconsin snapped the 18-consecutive win streak over Big Ten opponents.
- Ohio State had won its last 13 true road games dating back to last season before the loss. The Buckeyes entered the game having won their last 12 Big Ten road contests since falling at Minnesota 73-62, 1/9/10.
- When ranked in the Top 10 nationally, Ohio State is 264-57 with wins in 55 of its last 58 outings.
- The Buckeyes are 81-65 vs. the Badgers all-time, with an overall Big Ten record of 712-659.
- Wisconsin moves to 2-18 vs. AP No. 1-ranked team.
- Ohio State falls to 27-43 at Wisconsin.
- The Buckeyes fall to 3-2 vs. the Badgers when ranked No. 1 (last was a 72-62 win, 2/10/62,).
- Ohio State moves to 4-2 vs. Wisconsin when both teams are ranked (last meeting was a 60-51 win vs. No. 13 Wisconsin in Columbus, 1/16/10).
- Ohio State is 19-10 vs. Wisconsin when ranked among the Associated Press Top 25.
- Buckeyes scored 67 points vs. a Wisconsin team that is second in the nation in defense with 56.1 PPG.
- Ohio State has had a player record a double-double (10+ points, rebs, assists, steals or blocks) in 818 games. The Buckeyes are 560-258 in those contests (.686). Freshman Jared Sullinger (19/12) recorded a double-double vs. Wisconsin, his 12th on the season.
- The Buckeye freshmen have accounted for 47 percent of total scoring for the season (903/1935), including 27 of Ohio State’s 67 total points against Wisconsin.
- Ohio State’s four returning starters for 2010-11 (Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale and William Buford) have combined for 392 career starts and 497 games played.
- This is the 250th-consecutive game Ohio State has made at least one 3-point field goal (1/10/04 vs. Penn State was the last game with zero made).
- The 24-1 record to begin the season is the best start for Thad Matta at Ohio State (previous best was in 2005-06, when the team began 11-0).
- This season is the seventh-consecutive year Matta has guided the Buckeyes to a 20-win campaign. That extends the longest streak in Ohio State history.
- Matta has won at least 10 Big Ten regular-season games in each of the last six seasons. That effort surpassed Fred Taylor’s mark of 10+ league wins in each of the five seasons from 1960-64. Those were during 14-game regular-season slates. The Big Ten played a 16-game schedule in Matta’s first three seasons (8, 12, 15 league wins) and an 18-game schedule the last four (10, 10, 14, 11).
- Since Matta took over at Ohio State in 2004-05, the Buckeyes have amassed 79 Big Ten wins, tied with Wisconsin for the most during that time period.
- Matta has won at least 20 games in each of his 11 seasons as a head coach. Only Mark Few (Gonzaga), among active coaches, has more consecutive 20-win seasons to start a career.
- Matta’s career record now stands at 282-86 overall and 180-55 at Ohio State.
- With the loss, Ohio State is 31-15 in February under Matta and 2-1 this season.
- Matta is now 7-9 vs. Wisconsin in his career, with an overall mark of 90-38 against Big Ten opponents.
- Matta is 90-17 vs. non-conference competition at Ohio State and 90-38 vs. Big Ten foes (regular season and Big Ten tournament games) for an overall record of 180-55. He is 115-10 in games played in Columbus, which are the most home wins among Big Ten schools during that span.
- Ohio State is 12-1 this season and 88-7 under Matta when the team shoots better than 50 percent from the field.
- When shooting better than their opponent, Ohio State fell to 18-1 this season and 159-18 under Matta.
- The Buckeyes are 18-1 this season and 148-20 under Matta when leading at the half.
- While outrebounding Wisconsin 25-24, Ohio State falls to 15-1 on the season and 102-13 under Matta when outrebounding their opponents (Ohio State’s plus-five rebounding margin is second in the Big Ten).
- The Buckeyes are 22-1 this season and 150-42 when having 15 or fewer turnovers in a game (Ohio State had seven turnovers vs. Wisconsin).
- Big Ten Freshman of the Week (11th-time) Jared Sullinger finished the contest with 19 points. Sullinger has scored at least 10 points in 22 of 25 game.
- Sullinger also added 12rebounds for the Buckeyes (his 10.3 average is second in the Big Ten), good for his 12th double-double of the season. He now has 258 rebounds on the season. It is the 13th time this season he has had 10 or more rebounds.
- Junior guard William Buford knocked down a team-high 21 points, pushing his career total to 1,237. Buford passed John Havlicek (1,223) and Larry Siegfried (1, 228) for 29th-place in all-time career scoring at Ohio State. He is three points behind Ronnie Stokes for 28th-place
- The 21 point-performance for Buford is the 19th time this season he has scored in double-figures.
- Lighty, the third player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, ended the contest with eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Lighty’s current marks: 1,220 points, 524 rebounds and 335 assists.
- Lighty has played in 145 games as a Buckeye, the most all-time in an Ohio State uniform. Lighty also leads all NCAA active players in games played (Duke’s Kyle Singler is second with 133).
- The game vs. Wisconsin marked senior David Lighty’s 113th career start for Ohio State, one away from tying Herb Williams for sixth-place in career games started in a Buckeye jersey.
- With eight points, Lighty passed Jamar Butler for 25th-place in Ohio State history for career scoring. He has 1,220 career points.
- With one made 3-pointer vs. Wisconsin, senior Jon Diebler now has 329 for his career. Diebler is two away from tying Shawn Respert (331, Michigan State, 1991-95) for second all-time.
- Diebler’s 2.83 average of made 3-pointers per game is second in the Big Ten.
- With one made 3-pointer, Diebler extends his streak to 41 games in a row with at least one 3-pointer made.
- Diebler’s current 3-point field goal percentage of 47 percent (68-142) puts him in the record books as having the best single season three-point percentage.
- With nine points against the Badgers, Diebler now has 1,345 career points, good for 23rd-place in Ohio State history. Diebler is 23 points away from tying Brent Darby for 22nd-place.
• Aaron Craft had six assists. He now has 117 assists on the season to just 59 turnovers.