February 26, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward/center Jared Berggren (40) tries to shoot under pressure from Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger (0) at Value City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Wisconsin Over Ohio State, By The Numbers


3 — Just three times this season has Ohio State allowed an opponent to score one point per possession or more and scored one point per possession or fewer themselves. One of them came without Jared Sullinger against Kansas, one of the nation’s best team. The other came at Assembly Hall in a game Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas combined for just 50 minutes due to foul trouble. The Badgers became the first to accomplish the feat in Columbus and became just the second team (Michigan State) to win at Value City Arena.

129.3 — The Badgers offensive efficiency adjusted for opponent. Their raw mark of 104.8 was the fifth highest mark Ohio State has allowed this season and the third highest in league play, with the other two being the Brandon Paul game against Illinois (119.4) and the crazy offensive explosion both teams saw in the matchup against Purdue in Columbus (133.3). It was Wisconsin’s best opponent-adjusted offensive performance since the Big Ten opener against Nebraska, when the Badgers blasted the Huskers 64-40 in just 51 possessions.

60 — Unlike most Big Ten teams, the Buckeyes don’t mind to get out and run. Ohio State is one of just three teams above the average pace (total game possessions) in the conference, with their 68 possessions per game just behind Iowa’s 69. The Badgers have played the slowest pace in the nation at just 59 possessions per game this year, and Wisconsin was able to keep the pace in their favor. The Buckeyes have only played four slower game all season — a drubbing against Texas Pan American, both matchups against Michigan, and the first matchup against the Badgers at the Kohl Center.

51.0% — Wisconsin has largely won this season on the strength of its defense. The Badgers have allowed just 41.2% shooting from two-point land and 28.1% on threes, third and fifth respectively. The resulting 41.4% effective field goal percentage allowed trails just Kentucky for best in the nation. But when the Buckeyes managed to hold on to the ball and get a shot off, they found success — Ohio State made 23-of-49 total shots (46.9%) and 4-of-11 three-pointers, good for a 51.0% effective field goal percentage for the game. It was the third-highest mark the Badgers have allowed this year and the highest allowed in a victory.


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