MADISON, Wis. – The Ohio State men’s basketball team fell to Wisconsin, 70-57, Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 15-8 on the year, 5-7 in the Big Ten, while the Badgers improve to 14-10, 7-6 in conference play.
The Buckeyes return home to face Rutgers at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase online here.
Andre Wesson led Ohio State with 11 points while Luther Muhammad and CJ Walker each scored nine. Brevin Pritzl connected on 5-of-6 shots from deep on his way to a game-high 19 points for the Badgers.
Both teams shot it well from distance in the opening half but turnovers plagued the Buckeyes as Wisconsin made a late push to extend its lead to 38-20 at the break. Ohio State held a 13-7 lead after Andre Wesson’s second-consecutive 3-pointer banked in with 10:38 remaining in the half but the Badgers battled back to knot the score at 15-all before Kaleb Wesson picked up his second foul with 7:47 left to play. From that point on, Wisconsin connected on five of its next eight shots from deep, eventually closing the half on a 16-0 run to take the 18-point lead into the half.
Andre Wesson paced the Buckeyes with nine points in the opening 20 minutes while the Badgers, who made 8-of-18 first-half 3-pointers, were led offensively by Pritzl with nine and Micah Potter with seven.
Ohio State trimmed the deficit to 11 as Muhammad scored the first five points of the second half and Kaleb Wesson followed with a layup to make it a 38-27 contest with 17:15 left in the game. The two teams exchanged baskets as it was a 40-29 game at the 15:51 mark but Wisconsin went on a 16-4 run over the next 5:08 to push their lead to 56-33 on a Pritzl 3-pointer with 10:43 left to play. Ohio State was able to trim the deficit to 12 on two occasions in the final minute but the Buckeyes would get no closer, snapping their three-game win streak.
For the game, the Badgers connected on 12 3-pointers and held a 30-16 lead in bench scoring and a 15-7 advantage in second-chance points while Ohio State held a narrow 32-31 lead on the boards and an 18-12 advantage in points in the paint.