There was a stretch early in the second half where No. 23 Ohio State looked like it would threaten to tie or take the lead against sixth-ranked Wisconsin.But then the Badgers played perhaps their best display of basketball all season.Once Ohio State closed Wisconsin’s lead down to 46-39 just over midway through the second half, the Badgers responded with fury, racking up a 16-0 run to dominate the Buckeyes in their regular season finale 72-48 Sunday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.Earlier in the second half Wisconsin (28-3, 16-2 Big Ten) pushed its lead to 17 at 44-27 with 18:05 left in the game after a Nigel Hayes three. Ohio State (22-9, 11-7 Big Ten) then cut that lead to just seven points after a 12-2 run. It was the closest Ohio State had been since the 11:16 mark in the first half.But Wisconsin quickly put an end to any hope the Buckeyes had of coming back to pull off the upset. Sophomore guard Bronson Koenig hit back-to-back threes for Wisconsin to put its lead back to 13. The second three came after the Badgers hauled in three straight offensive rebounds on one possession.After Koenig’s second three-pointer, the Badgers scored the next 10 points of the game and stretched their lead to 23 at 62-39 with 7:28 remaining in the game. The 23-point deficit was the largest of the season for the Buckeyes.Kaminsky finished the game with a game-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The National Player of the Year candidate also recorded five rebounds and three assists. Koenig finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Junior forward Sam Dekker chipped in 10 points for Wisconsin with eight rebounds.The Badgers shot 50 percent as a team, going 31-of-62 overall and 7-of-21 (33.3 percent) from three. It was the third-straight game that Wisconsin has shot at least 50 percent overall.Ohio State’s stellar freshman D’Angelo Russell scored a team-high 17 points for the Buckeyes while Jae’Sean Tate (13) and Shannon Scott (10) rounded out the Ohio State players in double-figures.The Buckeyes shot just 34 percent overall and only 20 percent from three.In the first half, eight players scored for Wisconsin, with Kaminsky leading the way with a game-high eight points. He also added four rebounds, two assists and a steal.Duje Dukan came off the bench and had seven first half points on 3-of-6 shooting for Wisconsin. It was the most points the senior forward had scored in a game since he had eight against Iowa on Jan. 20.Sophomore forward Vitto Brown added four points and redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter contributed three to give the Badgers some much needed bench scoring, while Kaminsky sat out after picking up a foul. Wisconsin’s 12 bench points in the first half were more than the bench had scored in the last five games combined (11).Dukan, Brown and Showalter helped Wisconsin go on a 21-7 run to pull ahead 28-12 – its largest lead of the game at the time – with 8:29 left in the first half before taking a 37-23 advantage at halftime.The Badgers shot over 50 percent (15-of-29) in the opening half while Ohio State shot just 28.6 percent (8-of-38). Russell was held to only five points on 2-of-8 shooting in the first half.Wisconsin will now enter postseason play with the Big Ten tournament beginning Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago. The Badgers, having already clinched the number one seed in the tournament after a road win at Minnesota Thursday, will play the winner of Illinois and Michigan Friday at 11 a.m.
Uh-huh. No matter how hard Bowden and Paterno try to spin it, tonight’s meeting between No. 3 Penn State (10-1) and No. 22 Florida State (8-4) is all about those old guys on the sidelines. “I don’t look at it as something personal,” Paterno said Monday. “All I wanted to do was make sure everyone knew that we have a good football team.” Paterno and Bowden’s programs were among the best in college football for decades. But both teams have struggled lately, and winning this game would bring a measure of redemption for each. Penn State went 4-7 last season, but rebounded to go 10-1 this year, its best season in a decade. Its trip to the Orange Bowl is only its second bowl game since 1999. Bowden hasn’t had a losing season since 1976, his first at Florida State. The Seminoles finished this season with four losses, but they stunned then-No. 5 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship to earn a trip to the Orange Bowl. Beating Penn State would make it two victories in a row over top-five teams. And, like it or not, it will give one of the old guys bragging rights. “These are the two best football coaches ever. This could be their last meeting,” Florida State wide receiver Willie Reid said. “If it is, we want to send coach Bowden out on a winning note against coach Paterno.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno have tried for weeks to turn the attention away from themselves. The Orange Bowl is about the kids, they insist, one traditional powerhouse trying to put an exclamation point on its comeback and another trying to dig its way out of malaise. No one cares about a couple of 70-year-olds, even if they are the winningest coaches in major college history. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“For somebody to say it’s not a big deal, I think they’d be lying,” Florida State running back Lorenzo Booker said. “This is like a once-in-a-lifetime deal, and it’s not going to happen for another century. We won’t be alive, because you have to coach a long time to do what these guys have done. “It’s something you can tell your grandkids. That you actually played for the guy that won the most and played against the guy that was second on the list.” Bowden and Paterno are models of longevity and success in a profession that thrives on turmoil. Bowden holds the major college record with 359 wins, and Paterno is right behind him at 353. Both are in their 70s – Paterno celebrated his 79th birthday two weeks ago and Bowden turned 76 in November – and have been head coaches for 40 years. Paterno has spent his entire career at Penn State, while Bowden is in his 30th year at Florida State. “Both teams realize that we are led by great coaches, coaches that will be remembered forever,” Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny said. “It’s an honor to be a part of this game.” Paterno and Bowden are good friends and know their rare matchup is of some interest – this will be only their eighth meeting, and first since 1990 – but they don’t want it to be the entire story.