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Post Ohio State notes: Home heartbreak

Feb 04, 2012 -- 5:13pm

Post Ohio State notes: Home heartbreak

By TOM LEA
tlea@gkbsports.com

MADISON – When Bo Ryan entered this season — his 11th at Wisconsin — he did so having lost just 11 games inside the Kohl Center. Now, with yet a handful of games remaining on the home schedule, Ryan has already lost more than a third of the games he had during his 10-year career at Wisconsin in one season.

With Saturday's 58-52 loss to Ohio State, Wisconsin lost its fourth game inside the Kohl Center this season. Marquette, Iowa, Michigan State and now OSU have all entered the Kohl Center very unsuccessful and left with smiles on their face.

“I was happy,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. “I don’t know if I was in an elated state. Let me say this, I wanted our players to know I was happy with our performance. We put a lot into coming up here. I thought with this team that we’re still learning.

“When I watch them practice for three days and we have a good three days of practice and we come in and we win, that excites me from the standpoint of me thinking our team is getting better.”

Wisconsin hadn’t lost to Ohio State in Madison since Jan. 13th, 2000.

“We take pride in how hard we play,” said Ryan, who has now lost four home games in a single season for the first time during his UW career. “That’s what you have control over. The results after the game is done you can’t change. You have no control over an end result. It’s hard to be consistent at the highest competitive level. For somebody to be happy to get a road win in the Big Ten?

“Whether it was here or not I think Thad (Matta) would be happy to anywhere in this league.”

Wisconsin is now 163-15 all-time inside the Kohl Center under Ryan, including a mark of 81-9 against Big Ten opponents.

BERGGREN ACCEPTS BLAME:

Though he had performed mightily the last time Wisconsin welcomed in a premier center, junior Jared Berggren just didn’t have it against Ohio State and namely Jared Sullinger Saturday afternoon.

He let the Ohio State big man score each of the Buckeyes first seven points, and more importantly, let him find his comfort zone in a place that has been anything but for his Ohio State team.

Following the game Berggren accepted his share of the blame for his defensive effort, most notably in fronting the post.

“I didn’t do a good job limiting his touches,” Berggren said. “I let him get a couple easy ones early and that kind of set the tone from there. A great player like him, once he gets a little bit of confidence, he’s hard to stop. A lot of it came early on, but I let him get going.

“I have to take a little blame on myself for that one.”

GASSER, BRUST STRUGGLE FROM FIELD:

Sophomore guard Josh Gasser entered Saturday’s contest shooting better than 50 percent from beyond the arc. But against Ohio State, a team that ranks seventh nationally in scoring defense, Gasser missed all three shots from downtown he took.

It seemed as though the length and athleticism of Ohio State senior William Buford frazzled Gasser, who finished with just two points, three assists and two turnovers on 1-of-4 shooting.

Fellow sophomore Ben Brust, also one of UW’s better 3-point shooters, was held scoreless during UW’s loss to Ohio State. Brust entered the contest averaging just less than 10 points per game off the bench. Following his 0-for-4 shooting night (0-for-3 from distance), Brust now averages 8.9 points per game.

TEAM NOTES:

-With the loss Wisconsin moves to 13-8 against Ohio State during the Ryan era.

-By holding the Buckeyes to 58 points, albeit in a losing effort, Wisconsin kept Ohio State 19 points below its season average of 77.3 points per game. UW has now held 14 opponents, including Ohio State, to their lowest scoring output of the season.

-Wisconsin turned the ball over 10 times against Ohio State, including three from senior Jordan Taylor. His first turnover at the 12:43 mark of the second half snapped a streak of 159 consecutive Big Ten minutes without committing a turnover.

-Taylor has now dished 27 assists during his seven career games against Ohio State. He’s only committed five turnovers during that stretch.

-Mike Bruesewitz’s 11-point, 11-rebound effort marks his first career double-double. He is now averaging 6.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season.

-With 10 points, junior Jared Berggren managed to reach double-digit scoring for the 12th time this season. He hit four of his eight shots and blocked two shots, but he only played 24 minutes, including just 10 in the second half.

-With 21 blocks during league play, Berggren is the Big Ten’s best shot blocker.

QUOTABLE:

-Jared Sullinger on UW’s decision to play him straight up in man-to-man defense:

“Honestly, when you double-team the post you kind of gain a disadvantage for the other team because when I pass out most of the time Craft is making the right pass or someone is knocking down the shot. With that, I guess they live with their chances.”
 

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