(20) Wisconsin 64

(18-7, 9-5 Big Ten)

Ohio State 56

(18-10, 7-7 Big Ten)

    2:00 PM ET, February 27, 2005

    Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

    1 2 T
    #20WIS 37 2764
    OSU 27 2956

    Top Performers

    Wisconsin: A. Tucker 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Ohio State: T. Dials 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Badgers shoot 6-of-7 from 3-point range in first half

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State played right into No. 20 Wisconsin's hands.

    Alando Tucker scored 19 points and the Badgers shut down the Buckeyes inside and relied on their 3-point shooting to beat Ohio State 64-56 on Sunday.

    After Terence Dials scored 16 points in the first half, the Badgers stepped up the pressure on the Buckeyes center, leading his teammates to stop looking inside and start pumping up shots from the perimeter.

    "In the second half we played three guys on him," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "If we had different guys on him, (we thought) maybe it would tire him out. Also, they shot more from the outside and that limited his touches."

    Dials finished with 20 points to lead Ohio State (18-10, 7-7 Big Ten), which lost its second straight game after winning six of seven. After going 7-of-9 from the field in the opening half, Dials made his first shot of the second half and then never got another attempt over the final 18½ minutes.

    "Any good team is going to make adjustments at halftime," Dials said. "They put a guy on the backside of me and I couldn't get the lobs I was getting in the first half."

    Mike Wilkinson added 14 points for the Badgers (18-7, 9-5), who remained tied for third place in the Big Ten with Indiana.

    Ohio State got no closer than eight points in the second half.

    Wisconsin came in permitting opponents to shoot only 31 percent from 3-point range, the best percentage in the Big Ten. The Badgers limited Ohio State to 23 percent (5-of-22).

    Meanwhile, the Badgers were 6-of-7 on 3s in the opening half while building a 37-27 lead. They finished 8-of-15 from behind the arc.

    The Buckeyes were coming off an eight-day break.

    "You learn a lot about your team with a week off," said Ohio State coach Thad Matta, hinting his team had a lot of bad habits. "And some (of the things you learn), you don't want to know."

    Tucker had a foot injury and didn't play in the Badgers' 72-66 victory in the first meeting. He slashed through the lane for most of his points while making his only 3-point attempt and all four free throws. He added nine rebounds as Wisconsin controlled the boards 37-24.

    Dials finished 8-of-10 from the field while his teammates were a combined 12-of-40.

    "I packed it in and played like a big wimp," Ohio State forward Matt Sylvester said. "We were flat from the start. The first possession we give up a 3-pointer. We were flat the whole game. I'm utterly ashamed of myself."

    Wisconsin led 21-19 with 6½ minutes left in the first half before Tucker hit two 3-pointers and Michael Flowers added another on consecutive possessions for a 30-22 lead.

    Ahead 37-27 at halftime, the Badgers stretched the lead to 15 points after Dials scored for Ohio State. Andreas Helmigk hit a basket, Clayton Hanson a 3-pointer and Helmigk scored again to push the lead to 44-29.

    "There was no secret talk in the locker room, no handshake on the way out or password," Ryan said. "You just do what you do. You always try to get positive results and if you don't get it that time, you try to get it the next."

    John Havlicek, a starter on Ohio State's 1960 national championship team before starring for the Boston Celtics, had his No. 5 collegiate uniform retired during halftime ceremonies. He gave much of the credit for his success to Fred Taylor, the late Buckeyes coach. During the ceremony, Havlicek asked the crowd of almost 18,000 at Value City Arena to point to the national championship banner and say Taylor's name.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 56
    FG Made-Attempted 24-48 (.500) 20-50 (.400)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 5-22 (.227)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-14 (.571) 11-15 (.733)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 0

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