Will the pressure be too much in Wisconsin?

By Will Burge

Ohio State faces its toughest test of the season this Saturday as they will travel to Wisconsin to engage in a battle of wills with the Badgers.

Not only is the Kohl Center one of the tougher places to play in the Big Ten, but the Buckeyes will face a style of basketball team that is designed to slow down and frustrate the number one team in the country.

Ohio State is one of the 25 highest scoring teams in the nation and shoots the three pointer with over 40% accuracy, good for 15th in the nation.

The scary thing about the Badgers is not that they are ranked 13th in the nation, or that they shoot the lights out of the gym (8th in the Big Ten in PPG), or that they rebound well (10th in the Big Ten), or that they create turnovers off of their pressure (2nd worst in the nation at steals per game), but that they are slow, tedious, and methodical.

The Badgers lead the country in taking care of the basketball. In fact, they turn the ball over less than 8 times per game. Their offense is designed to run out the entire shot clock, find a decent look, and limit the amount of possessions per contest. In other words, they want to create the type of game where every single position could be the difference.

This will be particularly difficult for the Buckeyes who have freshman starting at point guard (Aaron Kraft) and at forward (Jared Sullinger).

If Ohio State wants to remain undefeated it will need the veteran leadership from David Lighty and Jon Diebler in Madison more than ever. Remaining patient and even keeled are huge keys to victory and that starts with the seniors.

With the tough environment, the pressure of being unbeaten, and an unorthodox style of play, the Buckeyes will need an A+ type of effort to escape Wisconsin with their dreams of a perfect season intact.



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  2. Nice in depth article, Will.The Buckeyes will prevail!!! Sorry Goldie…

    P.S. – Keep up the great work on R & R!

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