2011 Ohio State Basketball
Ohio State Suffers First Loss of the Season
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan has never lost a home game to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
With the No. 1 ranked Buckeyes coming into Saturday’s game at the Kohl Center riding the nation’s only unbeaten record, something had to give.
Lead by a fierce second-half comeback, the Badgers up-ended the Buckeyes, 71-67, handing OSU their first loss of the season.
William Buford led the Buckeyes (24-1, 11-1) with 21 points while Freshman Jared Sullinger added 19 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
As expected, the game was a battle from the get go.
The Buckeyes came out on fire in the second half. During a stretch from the end of the first half and into the second, OSU made nine-consecutive baskets and found themselves in command on the game.
Sullinger made an easy layup to push the Buckeyes' lead to 47-32 with 13:21 left, setting the stage for Wisconsin’s comeback.
Wisconsin then rattled off 15 straight points, including eight straight by Jordan Taylor, to tie the ballgame up at 47.
The Buckeyes seemed to bounce back from the Badger’s first run as they took a 55-52 lead on two free throws by Aaron Craft with 7:11 remaining.
Mike Bruesewitz tied the game back up with a triple and when Sullinger tried to crash the offensive glass, he tripped and left Keaton Nankivil open on the other end for a jumper. Taylor then made yet another big three-pointer from the left side and added two free throws to give Wisconsin a 62-55 lead with 4:18 to play.
Jon Diebler and Sullinger each hit two free throws, cutting it to 65-63 with 58 seconds left keeping hopes of a perfect season alive. That was until, Bruesewitz hesitated at the top of the arc trying to find Leuer or Taylor and took an open triple instead, hitting it to make it 68-63 to seal the victory.
Taylor would go onto the lead the Badgers with a game-high 27 points, 21 of which came in the second half.
Ohio State's loss stopped the second-longest season-opening win streak in Buckeyes history. The 1960-61 team opened 27-0.
Wisconsin (19-5, 9-3 Big Ten) beat a team ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the second time in school history. The Badgers also beat top-ranked Ohio State in 1962.
Furthermore, the win signifies the eighth time a school has beaten the No. 1 team in both football and basketball in the same season. The Badgers beat the No. 1 ranked Buckeye football team 10-6 in a meeting in mid-October.
The Buckeye football team bounced back to win a share of the Big Ten championship and enjoyed a BCS Bowl victory. How will the Buckeye basketball team respond?
That question will begin to be answered on Tuesday as they host the Michigan State Spartans at Value City Arena.
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