Court Report: After going 2-5 in January, the calendar flips to February as Bucks face Badgers

After going 2-5 in the month of January, the calendar flips to February as No. 24/23 Ohio State travels to Madison to take on No. 14/13 Wisconsin, Saturday afternoon. Tip-off at the Kohl Center is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.

Traevon Jackson #12 of the Wisconsin Badgers guards Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as Evan Ravenel #30 of the Buckeyes watches from behind during the Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship game at United Center on March 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Traevon Jackson #12 of the Wisconsin Badgers guards Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as Evan Ravenel #30 of the Buckeyes watches from behind during the Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship game at United Center on March 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

While January was not kind to the Buckeyes, who lost five out of their last six games, the Badgers didn’t fare very well either, winning just once in the past five outings.

TV and Radio:

The Ohio State-Wisconsin game will be televised on ESPN with Bob Wischusen and Dan Dakich. On your terrestrial radio dial, WBNS-FM 97.1 The Fan is the flagship station for the 56 outlets on the Ohio State IMG Sports Network. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with analysis from Ron Stokes. The game can also be heard live via satellite on Sirius 91 and XM 91.

Buckeye Notes:

The Buckeyes enter Saturday’s conference match-up after losing five out of the last six games that includes defeats to No. 5 Michigan State (72-68, OT), No. 20 Iowa (84-74), Minnesota (63-53), Nebraska (68-62) and Penn State (71-70, OT). The lone win in nearly a month was a 62-55 victory over Illinois at Value City Arena on Jan. 23.

Currently, Ohio State is 16-5 overall, tied for seventh in the Big Ten with a 3-5 mark, and are 26th in the latest RPI. The Buckeyes are 1-3 against teams in the RPI top 50 and 8-5 against teams in the RPI 100. The lone victory in the RPI top 50 came against North Dakota State (79-62) on Dec. 14, and the seven wins against the RPI top 100 includes victories over Ohio (79-69), Marquette (52-35), Maryland (76-60), Delaware (76-64), Purdue (78-69), Nebraska (84-53) and Illinois (62-55).

The Buckeyes are led by 6-foot-8 junior forward LaQuinton Ross, who averages 14.2 pointers per game and a team-leading 41.0 percent from three-point range. Lenzelle Smith Jr., a 6-foot-4 senior guard, averages 12.2 points per contest.

Badger Notes:

Wisconsin is 17-4 overall, tied for fourth in the Big Ten at 4-4, and are ranked seventh in the RPI. The Badgers are 4-2 against teams in the RPI top 50 and 11-4 against opponents in the RPI top 100. Wisconsin’s four wins against teams in the RPI top 50 includes victories over Florida (59-53), Saint Louis (63-57), Virginia (48-38) and Iowa (75-71).

Four Badgers average double-digit point totals with 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Sam Dekker (14.0 ppg), 7-foot junior forward Frank Kaminsky (13.1 ppg), 6-foot-1 senior guard Ben Brust (13.2 ppg), and 6-foot-2 junior guard Traevon Jackson (11.0 ppg). Dekker also is the team’s top rebounder with 6.4 boards a game.

Series History:

This is the 152nd meeting between the two programs. Since the first-ever clash on the hardwood in 1905, Ohio State leads the all-time series 85-67, though Wisconsin is 46-31 in games played in Madison.

Last Time Out – Mar. 17, 2013:

Led by Deshaun Thomas’ 17 points, the 10th-ranked Buckeyes used their stout defense to beat No. 22 Wisconsin 50-43 to claim the Big Ten tournament title at the United Center in Chicago.

Thomas was just 6-of-19 from the field, but made some big free throws down the stretch as Ohio State won the championship for the third time in the last four years. Aaron Craft had nine points and six rebounds, while LaQuinton Ross delivered a couple of huge plays.

Traevon Jackson scored 10 points for the Badgers, who shot 38.3 percent from the field. None of his teammates reached double figures with Sam Dekker next up at eight points.

After Dekker scored on a reverse layup with 7:01 remaining, Wisconsin went scoreless for the next 4 1/2 minutes as Ross stepped up for Ohio State. He had a strong offensive rebound and putback, then converted a layup to make it 47-41 with 2:39 to go.

Jackson made two free throws to stop the scoring drought for the Badgers, who forced a shot clock violation on the other end. But Ben Brust missed a long three-pointer and Thomas went 3-of-4 at the line in the final minute.

Dekker’s basket was Wisconsin’s last field goal of the game.

Thomas had seven rebounds as the Buckeyes enjoyed a 39-28 advantage on the glass.

2013-14 TEAM STATISTICS

NO. 24/23 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
16-5, 3-5 Big Ten
OSU
OPP
Points Per Game
72.6
58.9
Field Goals Made-Att.
518-1142
458-1152
Field Goal Pct.
.454
.398
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
140-409
95-353
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.342
.269
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
6.7
4.5
Free Throws Made-Att.
348-503
226-326
Free Throw Pct.
.692
.693
FTs Made Per Game
16.6
10.8
Rebounds Per Game
35.2
34.4
Assists Per Game
12.9
8.8
Turnovers Per Game
11.4
15.1
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.1
0.6
Steals Per Game
7.8
4.0
Blocks Per Game
4.4
3.0

NO. 14/13 WISCONSIN BADGERS
17-4, 4-4 Big Ten
UW
OPP
Points Per Game
74.3
63.5
Field Goals Made-Att.
522-1137
515-1211
Field Goal Pct.
.459
.425
3-Pt. Field Goals Made-Att.
165-442
97-300
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
.373
.323
3-Pt. FGs Made Per Game
7.9
4.6
Free Throws Made-Att.
351-473
207-289
Free Throw Pct.
.742
.716
FTs Made Per Game
16.7
9.9
Rebounds Per Game
33.9
32.3
Assists Per Game
12.3
9.6
Turnovers Per Game
8.3
10.3
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
1.5
0.9
Steals Per Game
5.1
4.5
Blocks Per Game
3.8
3.2
PROBABLE LINEUPS & INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
C 23 Amir Williams 6-11 250 Jr. 24.2 9.0 6.5 0.3 .619 .000 .685
F 10 LaQuinton Ross 6-8 220 Jr. 27.0 14.2 5.7 0.8 .430 .410 .682
G 32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. 6-4 210 Sr. 28.0 12.2 4.9 1.4 .459 .372 .761
G 4 Aaron Craft 6-2 195 Sr. 34.8 9.2 3.4 4.9 .459 .323 .735
G 3 Shannon Scott 6-1 185 Jr. 28.1 7.5 3.7 3.7 .426 .267 .684
Key Reserves:
F 12 Sam Thompson 6-7 200 Jr. 23.7 7.3 3.0 1.0 .431 .293 .682
F 2 Marc Loving 6-7 215 Fr. 12.7 6.2 2.3 0.3 .400 .289 .818
G 33 Amedeo Della Valle 6-5 190 So. 12.5 5.0 1.9 0.3 .388 .364 .609
WISCONSIN BADGERS
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. MPG PPG RPG APG FG% 3FG% FT%
F/C 44 Frank Kaminsky 7-0 244 Jr. 26.1 13.1 6.0 1.2 .548 .434 .758
F 15 Sam Dekker 6-8 220 So. 30.9 14.0 6.4 1.4 .482 .301 .660
G 21 Josh Gasser 6-3 190 Jr. 32.7 8.8 3.8 1.7 .444 .404 .880
G 12 Traveon Jackson 6-2 208 Jr. 30.4 11.0 3.9 4.0 .401 .370 .750
G 1 Ben Brust 6-1 196 Sr. 34.2 13.2 4.8 1.6 .421 .400 .953
Key Reserves:
F 10 Nigel Hayes 6-7 250 Fr. 16.2 6.8 2.5 0.8 .505 .000 .588
G 24 Bronson Koenig 6-3 190 Fr. 15.4 3.3 1.5 1.2 .448 .323 .750
F 13 Duje Dukan 6-9 220 Jr. 9.1 3.0 2.0 0.2 .426 .345 .889