Preview: Badgers men's basketball vs. Ohio State

2013-02-17T04:00:00Z Preview: Badgers men's basketball vs. Ohio StateJIM POLZIN | Wisconsin State Journal | | 608-252-6473

Game facts

The matchup: No. 20 Wisconsin (17-8, 8-4) VS. No. 13 Ohio State (18-6, 8-4)

When: Sunday, noon.

Where: Kohl Center | Map | Seating chart

TV: CBS/Ch. 3

Radio: 101.5 FM, 1310 AM

About the Badgers

Probable starters

No. Pos. Player Ht. Yr. Stats
5 F Ryan Evans 6-6 Jr. 10.6 ppg
31 F Mike Bruesewitz 6-6 Jr. 6.9 ppg
40 C Jared Berggren 6-10 Jr. 11.7 ppg
12 G Traevon Jackson 6-2 So. 6.2 ppg
1 G Ben Brust 6-1 Jr. 11.2 ppg

Key reserves

No. Pos. Player Ht. Yr. Stats
15 F Sam Dekker 6-7 Fr. 9.0 ppg
44 F Frank Kaminsky 6-11 So. 4.7 ppg
3 G George Marshall 5-11 Fr. 4.8 ppg


Coach: Bo Ryan, 285-109 in his 12th season at UW.

Player to watch: F Jared Berggren. The senior is 1-for-10 from 3-point range since going 3-for-5 in a 58-49 loss at Ohio State on Jan. 29. He’s shooting 17.6 percent from behind the arc (6-for-34) in Big Ten play.

You should know: UW is 14-9 against Ohio State under Ryan, including 8-1 at the Kohl Center. … Ryan’s .707 winning percentage in Big Ten games (140-58) is the best of any coach in league history. … The Badgers didn’t attempt a free throw in the loss to the Buckeyes, the only time that’s happened since Ryan has been UW’s coach.

About the Buckeyes

Probable starters

No. Pos. Player Ht. Yr. Stats
1 F Deshaun Thomas 6-7 Jr. 20.2 ppg
12 F Sam Thompson 6-7 So. 7.0 ppg
23 C Amir Williams 6-11 So. 4.5 ppg
4 G Aaron Craft 6-2 Jr. 9.5 ppg
32 G Lenzelle Smith Jr. 6-4 Jr. 10.3 ppg

Key reserves

No. Pos. Player Ht. Yr. Stats
10 F LaQuinton Ross 6-8 So. 7.8 ppg
30 F Evan Ravenel 6-8 Sr. 5.4 ppg
3 G Shannon Scott 6-1 So. 4.8 ppg


Coach: Thad Matta, 239-71 in 9th season at Ohio State.

Player to watch: F Deshaun Thomas. The junior scored a game-high 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting in the Buckeyes’ win over the Badgers in Columbus. He scored 10 points during a 15-0 run in the second half.

You should know: Matta (106-44, .707) trails Ryan by 0.0004 points in winning percentage in Big Ten play. … Ohio State outscored UW 34-14 in points in the paint in the Jan. 29 meeting, with Thomas (16) outscoring the Badgers by himself. … The Buckeyes held UW to eight points on their final 19 possessions of that game.

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