The Wisconsin Badgers (12-4, 6-3) lost to the 15th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (12-4, 6-4), 74-62. E.J. Liddell with 20 points to help the Buckeyes, which never trailed, hand UW its second home loss of the season.
The biggest issue today for Wisconsin was the poor defense. An issue that has plagued the Badgers this season where they haven’t been able to put 40 minutes of great defense together, they have had a half in a game where they’ve played really well, but not a complete game.
Ohio State shot 50.9 percent from the field for the game, despite shooting 31.2 percent from 3-point range (5-of-16). Ohio State also made their free throws, going 15-of-18 (83.3%) from the line.
Wisconsin did have four players in double figures. Aleem Ford (13), D’Mitrik Trice (12), Micah Potter (11) and Nate Reuvers (11).
Despite having those four players in double digits, the offense was not great. UW shot 23-for-57 (40.4%) from the field, 7-for-28 (25%) from 3-point range and 9-of-15 (60%) from the free throw line. UW also had 9 turnovers, most of which came in the first half.
Ohio State won the rebounding battle 35-30.
It was a very un-Wisconsin-like effort on both ends of the court today for the Badgers.
Wisconsin will next play on Wednesday, January 27, in College Park, Maryland against the Maryland Terrapins (9-7, 3-6). Tip-off is set for 8:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on Big Ten Network (BTN).