The 20th ranked Wisconsin Badgers entered Sunday’s Big Ten home game against
13th ranked Ohio State, shooting around 39% from the field in Big Ten games. When Mike Bruesewitz stuck the opening jump shot of the game, it was the start of a 71-49 rout of the Buckeyes and a day that saw Bucky hit 52.7% of its field goals.
The Badgers jumped out early, going on a 18-0 run during a 5-minutes stretch of the first half to jump out and never look back.
As hot as the Badgers were, the Buckeyes were that cold. They hit just 3 of their first 17 shots from the field.
Ben Brust (11 rebounds) and Jared Berggren both had 15 points and Sam Dekker added 13 to lead the Badgers.
Deshaun Thomas had 18 for the Buckeyes, who had allowed only two other teams to shoot above 50%. Top-ranked Indiana shot 53% and Kansas 51% previously against the Buckeyes.
The Badgers are tied with Michigan for 3rd place in the Big Ten, 2-games behind Indiana and Michigan State. The Wolverines knocked off Penn State 79-71 on Sunday.
Next up for the Badgers, a trip to Evanston on Wednesday night to face Northwestern.