December 11, 2021

#21 Buckeyes Stymie #22 Badgers 73-55

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 21 Ohio State held No. 22 Wisconsin to under 30 percent shooting in the second half and pulled away for a 73-55 victory on Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center.

The Buckeyes are now 2-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 2018-19 season and are 8-2 overall. The loss snapped Wisconsin’s six-game winning streak and drops the Badgers 8-2 on the year and 1-1 in the conference.

E.J. Liddell had another great game, finishing with 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds, dished-out four assists and had two blocks.

Zed Key also grabbed nine rebounds and had 11 points. Kyle Young pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds.

The Buckeye backcourt of Jamari Wheeler, Meechie Johnson Jr. and Cedric Russell combined for 24 points, eight assists and a pair of steals. Wheeler matched his season-high with nine points and also had five rebounds and five assists. Russell provided the spark in the first half, as all of his seven points came in the first 20 minutes. Johnson Jr. knocked-down a pair of big three-pointers during the Buckeyes’ second half spurt. He finished with eight points.

For the game, Ohio State shot 50 percent (29-of-58) and limited to Wisconsin to its second-worst shooting performance of the season at 33.8 percent. OSU also held a 49-28 edge on the glass, it’s best differential this season.

The Buckeyes led 34-29 at the break despite 10 turnovers. OSU shot 58 percent in the first half and led 22-10 on the boards.

In the second half, a Johnson Jr. three-pointer sparked a 12-0 run that featured a pair of fastbreak dunks from Key, and the Buckeyes were in control with a 56-36 lead. That spurt effectively put the game away. Wisconsin got as close as 13 with 3:22 left but another 10-0 run gave the Buckeyes’ its largest lead of the afternoon at 73-50.

Notes

  • The Buckeyes out-rebounded Wisconsin by 21 (49-28) which was the largest rebounding differential in a game since holding a 23-rebound edge in a 75-67 win over Illinois on Feb. 4, 2018
  • Ohio State has now won a season-high four consecutive games and improves to 6-0 at home this season
  • This was Ohio State’s largest win over a ranked team since beating No. 7 North Carolina 74-49 on Dec. 4, 2019
  • E.J. Liddell has been in double-figures every game this season and the 28 points marked his fifth 20-point game this season
  • Kyle Young grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, which was the fifth game in his career with 10 or more rebounds
  • Wisconsin was held to its second-lowest shooting percent of the season (33.8 percent)
  • The Buckeyes shot 50 percent of better for the sixth time this season and the third consecutive game

Up Next

The Buckeyes will break for final exams before heading to Las Vegas next Saturday for the CBS Sports Classic. They will take on Kentucky at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes are 4-3 in the CBS Sports Classic and are coming off a win last year against UCLA.

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