The Wisconsin men’s basketball team took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten as they improved to 13-2 in conference play with a 58-53 win over Ohio State Sunday afternoon. The Badgers (23-4 overall) were led by Jason Bohannon who scored in double-digits for the fifth-straight game, finishing with 16.
Michael Flowers chipped in 14 points and a career-high tying six assists while senior Brian Butch, who didn’t see much floor time after getting into foul trouble early, scored nine points to put him over the 1,000-point mark for his career. Marcus Landry was one rebound shy of a double-double as he totaled ten points and nine boards.
The two teams were knotted up at 32-32 at the half after Wisconsin came-from-behind making a 7-point lead disappear in the final minutes of the half. Even though the Badgers turned the ball over 12 times in the opening period, they shot 54 percent as a team and got ten points from Flowers who shot 4-for-5 from the floor.
The Badgers turned it around in the second half, only committing three turnovers and finally retaking the lead at the 12:41 mark when Bohannon hit one of his four 3-pointers. UW extended its lead to seven (56-49) with just over five minutes to play and the Buckeyes were unable to make up the difference as they dropped to 17-10 on the season and 8-6 in the league.
The Badgers held Ohio State to only 37 percent shooting from the floor, including 27 percent from behind the arc. The Buckeyes were led by Jamar Butler who finished with 14 points and Kosta Koufos who scored ten points and pulled down ten rebounds.
With three games remaining in the regular season, Wisconsin controls its own destiny. Purdue and Indiana are both 12-2 in the Big Ten standings, and if the Badgers win the rest of their games, they are at guaranteed at least a share of the Big Ten Championship.
Wisconsin returns home on Thursday Feb. 28 to host Michigan State.
(UW Athletic Communications)