Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Tip-off: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
It’s common for every team in the Big Ten to look for possibilities on their upcoming for chances to pick up some victories and the Ohio State Buckeyes are not an exception.
In a league that includes two of the top three teams in the Associated Press poll (No. 1 Michigan Wolverines , No. 3 Indiana Hoosiers), four of the top 13 (Ohio State at No. 11, Michigan State Spartans at No. 13) and five of the top 25 (No. 23 Minnesota Golden Gophers), YouWager experts consider there aren’t many chances.
Coach Thad Matta knows the meetings between the rivalry has gained its own special luster. Bad blood has risen to the top during the most recent meetings of what was once just another date on the NCAA schedule.
Ohio State was 24-0 in February 2011 when Jordan Taylor scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half to help Wisconsin climb out of a 15-point hole to upend the Buckeyes, the nation’s last unbeaten team, 71-67.
When these basketball teams met in Columbus later that season, the Buckeyes’ students were all over coach Bo Ryan, waving scarlet towels that read “Deal With It” as the team pulled off a 93-65 win. They set an NCAA Division I record by making 14 of 15 3-pointers, led by Jon Diebler who hit 7 of 8 behind the arc while scoring 27 points.
When the Badgers came to Ohio State last February in the most recent meeting, Jared Berggren scored the 16th-ranked Wisconsin’s final five points including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to beat the No. 8 Buckeyes, 63-60.
Now both of these teams have had their share of highs and lows so far this season in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin ended a brief two-game skid with a tense 45-44 win on Traevon Jackson’s 15-foot jumper from the right side with 4 seconds left at home to beat no. 12 Golden Gophers on Saturday.
As if that wasn’t enough, Jackson is the son of a legendary Ohio State player, Jimmy Jackson, a former two-time All-American and twice the Big Ten player of the year. Traevon will take the floor at an arena where his father’s retired jersey No. 22 is hanging from the rafters.
Ohio State has won four of their last five, including a 65-51 win versus the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday — their second victory in a row. Even so, in the past this team has watched big leads turn to nothin in the second half of both of those victories.