Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/26/12

There’s a smoking crater somewhere off the corner of Lane and Olentangy. In it lies the Buckeyes’ realistic hopes at the Big Ten regular season title, Jared Sullinger’s health, and William Buford’s Senior Day. The Wisconsin Badgers, those pesky rivals who always seem to knock the Buckeyes out when they’re the biggest contenders, did it again. It was junior Jared Berggren who hit the deciding three-pointer with 31 seconds remaining. Berggren shutdown Jared Sullinger, who may have played his last game in Columbus, as Sully posted just 8 points on 4-of-10 shooting, and he appeared to aggravate a foot injury late in the game. Berggren had 18 points and 3 three pointers. Jordan Taylor led the Badgers with 19 points. For Ohio State, Deshaun Thomas posted 23 points, but 13 of those points came in the first ten minutes of the game and he threw up the wild three pointer that misfired near the end of the game. The Buckeyes missed 8 second half free throws that killed them down the stretch. Ohio State faces Northwestern in Evanston on Wednesday night. Tomorrow, I’ll have a full recap of the meltdown.

 Wisconsin Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts R. Evans 37 5-17 0-1 0-1 4 10 3 0 0 1 2 10 J. Taylor 38 6-8 1-2 6-7 0 5 4 3 0 0 3 19 J. Berggren 34 6-13 3-7 3-3 1 5 2 3 1 1 3 18 J. Gasser 38 3-6 1-4 0-0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 7 M. Bruesewitz 17 0-4 0-1 0-0 2 5 1 0 0 0 4 0 B. Brust 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 F. Kaminsky 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 R. Wilson 21 3-7 3-6 0-0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 9 Totals 23-55 8-21 9-11 8 30 13 7 1 2 18 63 Percentages .418 .381 .818 Team Rebounds: 1  Ohio St. Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts J. Sullinger 33 4-10 0-1 0-3 3 6 3 0 0 1 3 8 D. Thomas 35 9-15 2-6 3-5 1 7 2 1 0 1 1 23 L. Smith, Jr. 30 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 A. Craft 35 6-10 0-0 1-4 1 2 3 2 2 0 3 13 W. Buford 35 4-11 2-3 5-5 2 9 1 3 0 0 2 15 J.D. Weatherspoon 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S. Scott 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 0 S. Thompson 11 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 E. Ravenel 10 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 Totals 23-49 4-11 10-19 8 34 10 12 2 2 17 60 Percentages .469 .364 .526 Team Rebounds: 1 Game Info Technical Fouls: None Arena: Value City Arena, Columbus, OH Attendance: 18,809 Officials: Mike Kitts, Gene Steratore, Terry Oglesby
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