Men's Basketball

Badger Bench Big in 70-57 Blowout of Buckeyes

Andre Wesson Ohio State Buckeyes

Buoyed by a massive 23-5 run at the end of the first half, Wisconsin (14-10, 7-6) used efficient offense and suffocating defense in their 70-57 win over Ohio State (15-8, 5-7) at home Sunday afternoon.

Badger guard Brevin Pritzl came off the bench to lead all scorers with 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Wisconsin only had two scorers in double figures, which was twice the amount the Buckeyes had.

Tied at 15-15 with under eight minutes to play in the half — and the Buckeyes already with seven turnovers, Kaleb Wesson went to the bench with his second foul. Wesson had just two points and was 1-of-5 from the field at that point.

Wisconsin then took advantage of his absence — as well as their own hot shooting — and closed out the first half on a game-deciding 23-5 run.

Andre Wesson led Ohio State with 11 points and four turnovers. Kaleb Wesson scored eight points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field.

Wisconsin outscored the Buckeyes 30-16 off the bench.

The game opened with missed shots and turnovers, but was tied 3-3 at the first media timeout thanks to three-pointers from Micah Potter and CJ Walker.

After scoring a pair of field goals to go up 7-3 on OSU, the Buckeyes responded with a 10-0 run via a Duane Washington jumper, Kyle Young layup, and two Andre Wesson three-pointers, the latter banking in off the glass at the end of the shot clock.

Brevin Pritzl answered with a three from the left corner, which was then followed by a turnaround jumper from Potter to make it 13-12 OSU with 9:55 to play in the half.

Soon after, Kaleb Wesson was sent to the bench with his second foul, which is when the entire game turned in favor of the Badgers. Wisconsin led 38-20 at the half.

The Buckeyes actually opened the second half on a 7-0 run, but it was merely a dent, and one that Wisconsin was able to easily take care of.

The Badgers’ lead grew to 23 points following a three from Pritzl with 10:43 remaining. It was his fifth three-pointer of the game. Ohio State never posed a threat following their opening run of the half.

Wisconsin assisted on 17 of their 24 field goals.

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6 Responses

  1. Hard to win with poor shooting, bad perimeter defense, and turnovers. Holtman teams at Buler were sound fundamentally, but this team is not. I expected a February bounce, but now I’m not so sure.

  2. WI got red hot the first half and coudn’t miss a key 3 pt. shot if they tried in the 2nd half. OSU again has virtually no presence under the basket. Didn’t see OSU getting run out of the building by a 10 loss team…but oh well. Their 3 game winning streak was nice, but not that wonderful considering that IN has dropped 3 in a row, NW is a bottom feeder and MI is just like us. I will use this year and next year to evaluate if Holtmann is really our guy. See us lucky to get in the dance, and even luckier to win one, and our opening NCAA game will be played beginning at 10:30 P.M. in some western city.

  3. They’re hard to watch. I’ve always thought and have commented K Wesson is overrated. Andre should’ve never been recruited. Heck Mattas last several teams like 5 to 6 years was nose diving. This team and last years are comparable to Mattas. This basketball program has not been elite other than 7 times since Eldon Miller to now.

    1. Ohio State is a football school. Heck wrestling, tennis, synchronized swimming, equestrian, shooting and volleyball have been much more impressive. Kudos to hockey.

    2. Tim, I agree with you. Andre Wesson is a MAC player and Kaleb Wesson has always been overrated. He will never play in the NBA. Washington is supposed to be the scorer but the problem is he cant shoot. He takes bad shots game after game and this coach does nothing about it. This team is going nowhere

  4. The most depressing game in years…. coming right when you want the team to be ramping it up for March Madness, with a chance to get back to .500 in Big 10 play. The Wesson brothers looked like they were out late partying, Washington, words fail me, he’s supposed to be our shooter…2/8 from the field 0/4 from 3. If he scored 17 like he did last game we win. He just isn’t dependable. Guys, if you’re triple teamed down low, somebody is open. I coached bantam level basketball, and I had things to say to these guys. If he goes 2 for 4 from three and 6/8 from inside the arc we win.

    After such a promising start, it was just sad.

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