Wisconsin vs Ohio State

Jackson scores 18 as Ohio State beats No. 16 Wisconsin

Associated Press
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Playing for little more than pride in front of a home crowd and a national TV audience, Ohio State put together its most complete game of the season.

The Buckeyes, out of the Big Ten race and nearing the end of a second straight underachieving season, showed a consistency that has been lacking for most of the season in an 83-73 victory over No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday night.

C.J. Jackson scored a career-high 18 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the 3-point line, JaQuan Lyle had 17 and Jae'Sean Tate added 15 points and 12 rebounds as Ohio State (16-13, 6-10) snapped a three-game losing streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly a year.

''The motto for this game was just go out there and play,'' Jackson said. ''From the head guy to the bottom guy, we were all just dialed in tonight.''

Bronson Koenig had 27 points for Wisconsin (22-6, 11-4), which lost the lead in the game's first minute and could never get enough traction. The Badgers have lost three of their last four.

''We let them get comfortable early, something we had talked about knowing the talent they've got in this group that they can do that to you,'' Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. ''We didn't follow what we had talked about for two days in terms of letting them do what they wanted to do.''

Ohio State led by 12 points with 10 minutes left on a 3 by Lyle, went up by 20 with 3:41 left and cruised to the win, beating Wisconsin for the first time in the last four tries. Ohio State seemed to have an answer every time Wisconsin picked up some momentum.

''We were hitting on offense, and they just ran out of time,'' Tate said.

After Wisconsin's Vitto Brown hit a 3-pointer to start the game, the Buckeyes answered with a 13-2 run and would never relinquish the lead. Five Ohio State players hit 3-pointers and they led 44-31 at halftime - despite the efforts of Koenig, who had 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc.

Ohio State shot 50 percent for the game, including 10 for 16 from beyond the arc, to Wisconsin's 44 percent. The Badgers came into the game fourth in the nation in scoring defense.

''It wasn't our offense that got us in trouble tonight, it was our inability to stop them,'' Gard said.

BIG PICTURE:

Wisconsin: A stunning loss for the Badgers and a huge setback as they compete for the Big Ten regular-season crown.

Ohio State: By far the biggest win in a season that has been otherwise frustrating.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS

Ohio State outrebounded Wisconsin 38-25 and outscored the Badgers in the paint 22-18.

That's rare, as the Badgers pride themselves on scoring from in close. Coming into the game, they had outscored opponents in the paint by 282 points, good enough for a 10.5 average per game.

It was only the fifth time this season that it's happened.

THE BIG QUESTION

Tate was asked why Ohio State hadn't been able to play like this the entire season.

''I got that question, too,'' he said. ''I wish we could.''

Ohio State coach Thad Matta said it was a matter of playing with abandon and not losing their composure after they built the big lead.

''The most consistent effort (of the season), that's for sure,'' Matta said. ''I'm really happy for our guys.''

UP NEXT:

Wisconsin: Plays at Michigan State on Sunday.

Ohio State: Visits Penn State on Tuesday.

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Scoreboard
Wisconsin #16 (22-6)314273
Ohio State (16-13) «443983
WISC:B. Koenig 27 Pts
WISC:E. Happ 6 Reb
WISC:N. Hayes 4 Ast
OHIOST:C. Jackson 18 Pts
OHIOST:J. Tate 12 Reb
OHIOST:J. Lyle 4 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
WisconsinOhio State
WISC
Bronson Koenig
OHIOST
C.J. Jackson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
27011844
Wisconsin Badgers
N. Hayes, F352-63-74447
B. Koenig, G319-154-401127
Z. Showalter, G240-40-02140
E. Happ, F222-50-06244
V. Brown, F193-80-01139
B. Pritzl, G172-70-00015
D. Trice, G175-90-041114
K. Iverson, F161-12-21114
J. Hill, G90-00-00010
A. Illikainen, F71-21-22013
C. Thomas IV, F30-00-00020
A. Moesch, F00-00-00000
M. Ferris, G00-00-00000
T. Schlundt, G00-00-00000
A. Van Vliet, F00-00-00000
M. Ballard, G00-00-00000
A. Ford, F00-00-00000
Totals 25-5710-1520112373
 43.9%66.7% 
Ohio State Buckeyes
M. Loving, F342-76-851210
C. Jackson, G327-110-044418
J. Tate, F286-122-3122415
K. Williams, G232-40-04005
T. Thompson, C111-21-24043
M. Potter, C282-24-45039
J. Lyle, G263-810-1024017
A. Wesson, F182-40-00146
K. Bates-Diop, F00-00-00000
D. Bell, C00-00-00000
J. Jent, G00-00-00000
J. Lane, G00-00-00000
D. Funderburk, F00-00-00000
Totals 25-5023-2736122183
 50.0%85.2% 
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Purdue14-427-819
Wisconsin12-627-1036
Maryland12-624-934
Minnesota11-724-1020
Michigan10-826-1225
Northwestern10-824-1251
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Iowa10-819-1581
Illinois8-1020-1564
Indiana7-1018-1679
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101
Nebraska6-1212-19108
Rutgers3-1515-18172
 
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CINCY 87
UCLA 87 Final
AZST 75
USC 77 Final
ARIZ 90
STMA 78 Final
PEP 49
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