January 16, 2010

Breakdown: UW at Ohio State

On New Year's Eve, Wisconsin blasted Ohio State by 22 points to open conference play. Tonight when the team's meet for round two, things will be different now that Evan Turner has returned to the lineup.

Before today's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Ohio State to provide a closer look at a critical Big Ten tilt.

Quick Notes:

-Tonight's game will be the 151st meeting between the two schools. OVerall, Ohio State leads the all-time series 84-66 and the Buckeyes own a 51-21 advantage in games played in Columbus.

-UW has won eight straight games vs. the Buckeyes in Madison and have split the last 10 meetings at Ohio State. Against OSU, Bo Ryan has a 12-5 record, including a 4-2 mark at Value City Arena over that span.

-Wisconsin's 22-point win over Ohio State earlier this season was the largest margin of victory over the Buckeyes since 2004.

-With a win, UW head coach Bo Ryan would have 99 Big Ten wins over his career.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
Ohio State Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
David Lighty vs. Trevon Hughes, PG For most of the game Wednesday night, Hughes was a non-factor. However, when the team needed him most, he rattled off 14 points to guide the Badgers to a win. With Leuer out of the lineup, the Badgers will need to big games from Hughes on a consistent basis. Advantage: Wisconsin
Jon Diebler vs. Jason Bohannon, SG This has been one of the more fun matchups to watch over the course of their careers. Bohannon has done a pretty good job chasing Diebler and limiting his role and shot making ability. With Turner back in the lineup, things may open up more for Dibler. Advantage: Push
Evan Turner vs. Tim Jarmusz SF UW assistant coach Greg Gard may have said it best when he said 6-foot-7 point guards don't come around too often. It's true, especially when that 6-foot-7 guard is one of the premier players in the nation. Advantage: Ohio State
William Buford vs. Jordan Taylor G/F Plain and simple, Taylor may be one of the more confident players in teh Big Ten. He doesn't turn the ball over and has consistently found a knack to score the ball. If that continues, UW should be in pretty good shape. His defense has also been pretty stellar in recent games. Advantage: Wisconsin
Dallas Lauderdale vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Lauderdale's frame is somewhat similar to that of Nankivil's, but the Buckeye forward is a bit more aggressive than Nankivil and that usually relates to a few more rebounds. If Nankivil hits his shots, though, he can be an effective force for the Badgers. Advantage: Push
P.J. Hill (pictured), Jeremie Simmons and Kyle Madsen vs. Ryan Evans (pictured), Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren and Mike Bruesewitz, Bench With Taylor in the starting lineup, the Badgers have lost a lot of its bench production on the offensive side of the ball. Still, when Evans, Bruesewitz and Wilson come in for certain stretches of the game, they make contributions on the defensive side of the ball. Advantage: Ohio State
Thad Matta vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach It seems that everytime the Badgers head to Columbus to play the Buckeyes, the game turns into a tight affair. The Badgers seem comfortable playing at Value City Arena and Ryan has had success against Matta and the Buckeyes. Advantage: Wisconsin


Saturday, January, 16 at 7:00 p.m. CT


Columbus, Ohio.


Value City Arena (19,049)


Big Ten Network (Tom Hamilton and Jim Jackson)


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


Ohio State leads 84-66

Last Meeting

Wisconsin won won 65-43 in Madison on New Years Eve.


Wisconsin: USA Today: 13, Assoc. Press: 16

Ohio State: USA Today: N/A, Assoc. Press: N/A

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