Posted by Jeff Borzello
Undefeated teams in college basketball are no more.
The final unbeaten remaining went down today, as No. 1 Ohio State lost at No. 14 Wisconsin, 71-67. The Badgers came back from down 15 in the second half for the win.
It was Wisconsin’s second win over a No. 1 team in its history, with the first time ironically coming against Ohio State in 1992.
Jordan Taylor, possibly motivated by his lack of respect around the country, went for 27 points and seven assists, while Mike Bruesewitz scored 12 points off the bench, including a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to give the Badgers what would be an insurmountable five-point lead.
Freshman Jared Sullinger had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio State, and William Buford finished with 21.
The Buckeyes took control immediately at the start of the second half, pushing their lead to 47-32 with 13:16 remaining. Wisconsin, not a team known for its explosive offense, responded quickly, with a 17-2 run in the next 4:09 to tie the game.
A 10-0 run late in the second half to put the Badgers ahead 62-55 would be the difference, as Ohio State was unable to overcome the lack of production from David Lighty and Jon Diebler. Buford also disappeared in the second half, scoring just two points in the final 16:10.
The question now remains if Ohio State stays as the No. 1 team in the country. Wisconsin is 150-11 at home under Bo Ryan, so the loss shouldn’t reflect too poorly on the Buckeyes. With that said, wins by Kansas and Texas today could create an argument come Monday.