#1 Indiana versus #4 Wisconsin
The first ten minutes of the first half has been back and forth with neither team wanting to pull ahead. However, back to back three pointers by Indiana’s Watford and Abell helped pushed the Hoosiers to a 5 point at the under 8 media timeout. But the Badgers refused to back down thanks to the efforts of Ryan Evans on the offensive boards and key three point shots by Ben Brust and Mike Bruesewitz that put them ahead 26-22 at the final media timeout of the first half. Wisconsin was able to sustain a late flurry by Indiana to hold a 34-31 lead at halftime. Evans leads all scores at the half with 10 while Indiana’s Watord and Oladipo both have 8.
The first ten minutes of the second half were nothing but a game of runs. Wisconsin opened the half with a 6-0 run to open a nine point. Indiana immediately answered with a 9-0 run of their own. The Badgers’ Evans then took the team on his shoulders leading them on a 10-3 run and a 50-43 lead at the mid-way point of the second half. The Hoosiers tried and tried down the stretch to take the game over but Evans refused to let it happen as his 16 points paved the way to Wisconsin’s 68-56 victory over Indiana.
Tom Crean will now have to “Deal with It” as he awaits his tournament seeding while the Badgers await the winner of the second game between Michigan State and Ohio State. Be sure to check out our live blog during that game and check out our review of the game afterwards!
After a closer than comfortable win against Northwestern, Ohio State now travels to the Kohl Center and one of the more hostile environment in the B1G. Ah, good times with Bucky once again.
Today’s game is scheduled for 1 PM EST on the CBS. The LiveBlog is scheduled to start 15 minutes before tip.
It’s time for the Buckeyes to make the Badgers Deal With It. Let’s take a closer look.
|School:||University of Wisconsin – Madison|
|Student Population:||42,595 total, 28,897 undergrad|
|Stadium:||Kohl Center (you’re welcome)|
|Head Coach:||William Francis ‘Bo’ Ryan, Jr.|
You need to ask?
Don’t fall into Wisconsin’s revenge plans. It was a close run thing, but the Buckeyes definitely avoided the revenge trap. Deal with it Badgers. Deal with it.
Take two steps forward in the passing game. 10/18 for less than 100 yards is not 2 steps forward. There were some bright spots in the passing game, but the Wisconsin defense did a good job of stifling the offense.
Carlos Hyde with 150 yards running. He could have, if we had run them as often as the fans – and later Miller, Hyde, and Meyer – had wanted. Unfortunately, he only picked up 87 yards on 15 carries.
Etienne Sabino on fire. 6 total tackles and 4 solo isn’t exactly on fire (he had 12 against UAB), but it’s not a bad job for his first day back.
A Wisconsin loss. It’s great to see ‘em lose. Glad the Bucks made it happen.
New wrinkles. Seemed pretty plain vanilla all day long. Perhaps that was by design? Just random speculation after all.
Offense on speed. We definitely saw that in the OT when the Buckeyes carved up the Badger defense like it was standing still. The rest of the game was less than speedy.
Buckeye defense bringing the House of Pain. It’s doubtful that there is anything more painful than that forced fumble near the end of the game. They may have come back from it, but that had to be devastating.
20+ point victory. …Not so much.
The Buckeyes are playing two games today. The first, starting at 3:30 PM EST is the big game against the Wisconsin Badgers. At 5:00 PM EST, while the Wisconsin game is still on-going, the Buckeye Shooty Hoopers will be taking on the Rhode Island Rams in Connecticut. We’ll be chatting about both games in our liveblog.
Joining us as usual – and special thanks to all of them for making these such a great success – are the other members of the Buckeye Blogger Network. Make sure to stop by their place and say, “hey”: Buckeye Ninja, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Buckeye Empire, Silver Bullet, The Buckeye Blog, Unscripted Ohio, and Fox Sports Ohio.
The Liveblog will tip at 3:00 PM EST, with the Wisconsin game on ABC at 3:30. The Basketball game is on ESPN3 (hope you have an XBox360 or similar ESPN3 enabled device) at 5:00 PM.
After a week off Ohio State looks to get back on the field this Saturday and continue their growing rivalry with Wisconsin. What this also means is, after a week off we reach out to our fellow bloggers across the Big Ten for our Across the Web segment. This week we turn to Andy Coppens from MadTownBadgers and Delany’sDozen to give us some insight on the Badger’s. Check out our turn under the microscope from yesterday!
1. Coach Beliema and Coach Meyer say that there’s no bad blood following this off season’s “war of words” about recruiting. Do you think this adds to this game at all?
I think it’s honestly something for us media types and bloggers to chat about more so than something real between these two for the game. Come Saturday all the off-field stuff goes away and it’s all about what happens between the lines.
However, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Wisconsin and Ohio State have been in some really big recruiting battles in the past season and probably will be for as long as Bielema and Meyer are around.
2. Last year, Ohio State’s last minute heroics derailed solid Wisconsin team; the year before, Buckeye players are still talking about how their undefeated season was “stolen” from them. What’s the perspective on the growing rivalry between these two squads?
I think it’s easily one of the biggest growing rivalries because of where these two teams are and likely will be in the future – competing for division championships. That alone helps grow the rivalry but the fact that Wisconsin owns the most wins over OSU since 1999 and the games have more often been good to great also adds to it.
Wisconsin fans have a general dislike for OSU and adding Urban Meyer to the mix only kicked that up a notch. I think the programs have respect for what each other do, but the fans, well that’s a whole different ball of wax. I’d say outside of Minnesota and arguably more than the Gophs this is the game Badger fans care the most about.
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Don’t fall into Wisconsin’s revenge plans. You better believe Wisconsin is going to be looking for payback after the way last year’s game went down. That has an added measure since they weren’t able to complete their revenge against MSU at home several weeks ago.
Take two steps forward in the passing game. The running game is an important part of the recipe to beating the Badgers, but we learned last year that the passing game is critical too. After the bye week, I’d love to see us advance significantly in our passing game.
Carlos Hyde with 150 yards running. Carlos Hyde has about 750 rushing yards on the season. If he can get a good chunk of that in Madison, which is not unreasonable considering OSU’s rushing this year, it will make achieving 1000 yards much easier for him next week.
Etienne Sabino on fire. He’s finally back in the starting line-up after being injured. It would be great to see him light up the field to make up for it.
A Wisconsin loss. It’s great to see ‘em lose. Make it happen.
New wrinkles. We have had two weeks to work on a new wrinkle or two. Maybe a fake punt or fake field goal?
Offense on speed. It would be nice to see us explode on offense and just make Wisconsin look like they are moving in slow motion.
Buckeye defense bringing the House of Pain. It would be great to see our defensive line playing in the Wisky backfield and not let the Wisconsin O get going.
20+ point victory. I am ready to see us go to Wisky and avenge the loss up there from 2 years ago.
The madness continues here at the Buckeye Battle Cry! This has to be one of our favorite times of the year (really, who doesn’t feel that way?) and we love to celebrate by talking about as many teams, games, and players as we can! Joe Dexter was kind enough to get the whole thing kicked off this morning with a preview of the West Region. Now it’s my turn to take a look at the home-favorite East Region. Tomorrow, WVaBuckeye and MaliBuckeye will take a look at the two remaining regions, so that you can have plenty of time to read and peruse your way to what is hopefully a winning bracket!
Make sure you join the BBN’s Bracket Challenge this year! Bragging rights abound!
Favorites: The East region is graced with a few powerful teams that could be poised to make a deep run. The Syracuse Orange obviously stand in the best position of everyone in the region. The Orange hold a 32-2 season record, including non-conference wins over fellow tournament teams Florida and NC State. Seven-footer Fab Melo, a Sophomore out of Brazil, anchors Syracuse in the paint and is assisted by senior forward Kris Joseph, who leads the team in scoring at just under 14 per game, and senior guard Scoop Jardine, who seems to have been at Syracuse for 50 years. The ‘Cuse lost in the semi-finals of the Big East tournament to fellow East Region member Cincinnati, but looks to bounce back in the Big Dance.