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Tony Stockman scored 25 points off the bench in the win over PSU.

Date March 11, 2005
Opponent Wisconsin (20-7, 11-5)
Site United Center, Chicago
Game Time 8:10 p.m. EST
Local TV WBNS 10 TV
TV Talent Steve Larrivee, (P-by-P), Greg Kelser, Expert Analysis
Radio OSU Radio Network (59 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Expert Analysis)

The Wisconsin Series
Ohio State fell twice to the Badgers in 2005 during the Big Ten regular season. Ohio State leads the overall series 80-60 with a 1-0 record in the lone neutral-site meeting. The Buckeyes knocked off the Badgers 58-50 in Chicago in the semifinals of the 2003 Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers were the No. 1 seed that year. Wisconsin is the No. 3 seed this season. The Buckeyes won as the No. 8 seed in 2003 and face Wisconsin as the No. 6 seed this year.

Sullinger, Dials Lead OSU in UW Series
J.J. Sullinger leads Ohio State with an average of 13.7 points a game vs. Wisconsin in three career meetings. Terence Dials averages 12.3 points in four career games vs. UW. Sullinger and Dials both average 7.0 rebounds a game to lead Ohio State. Brandon Fuss-Cheatham has played the most games vs. Wisconsin on the OSU roster with five. Dials shoots 61 percent from the field in games vs. UW.

Well, we need a very different start than the one we got vs Penn State, its a must we come out with some defensive intensity and crash the boards. I feel good about this game actually, I think we are going to win a very close game.
Preview from the Wisconsin State Journal

BIG TEN MEN'S BASKETBALL: Season's greetings for UW

00:00 am 3/11/05
Jon Masson Wisconsin State Journal

Buckeyes next for Badgers

Ohio State, riding high after stunning top-ranked Illinois last Sunday, nearly fell flat Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament.

But the sixth-seeded Buckeyes rallied from a 15-point, second-half deficit and edged 11th-seeded Penn State 72-69 at the United Center to set up a quarterfinal matchup with the 23rd-ranked University of Wisconsin tonight.

The Badgers (20-7) have defeated the Buckeyes (20-11) twice this season. Ohio State center Terence Dials said the Buckeyes must limit the offensive touches of UW forwards Mike Wilkinson and Alando Tucker to turn the tables.

"They are great offensive players, so when they get the ball it's going to be tough to stop them," said Dials who scored just six points Thursday. "So, what we have to do is try to make other people on the team beat you, rather than Wilkinson and Tucker. And you have to rebound."

Ohio State senior guard Tony Stockman scored a game-high 25 points Thursday, including 19 in the second half as the Buckeyes rallied from a 47-32 deficit with 14 minutes, 44 seconds remaining. That matched the biggest comeback in tournament history.

The Buckeyes still trailed 52-41 with 10:28 left, but scored 11 consecutive points as part of an 18-2 run.

Ohio State coach Thad Matta credited Penn State's effort, but said: "We came out and we didn't have the energy and the fire we needed to play in this game. As I told our guys, it wasn't a pretty win. But give them credit. Somehow, someway, we found a way to win the basketball game."

Ohio State's J.J. Sullinger scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

Travis Parker, with a career-high 21 points, and Geary Claxton, who matched his career high with 20 points and also grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds, led Penn State (7-23), which finished the season with 12 straight losses.
Preview from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Nothing new for UW

Badgers to face dangerous Buckeyes

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Posted: March 10, 2005

Chicago - If there is a hot-shot underdog team the favorites don't want to face in the Big Ten tournament, it usually ends up in the University of Wisconsin's bracket. Lucky Badgers.

Three years ago, Iowa entered the tournament with an underachieving but talented bunch who came together just in time to upset the Badgers in the quarterfinal round.

A year later, Ohio State, sparked by a last-second shot by Brent Darby in the first round, rode that wave of momentum to an upset of Wisconsin the next day.

Sometimes, these post-season tournaments are all about momentum, and the current Ohio State Buckeyes have it. They upset previously undefeated Illinois on Sunday and on Thursday came back from a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in front of a crowd of 19,066 at the United Center.

The sixth-seeded Buckeyes (20-11) play you-know-who about 8:10 tonight.

"It wasn't a pretty win but somehow, some way we found a way to win this basketball game," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "We came here to win this game, and we are fortunate that we did that."

Whereas Ohio State is serving a self-imposed ban from post-season play this year, Wisconsin (20-7) can solidify its seeding for the NCAA tournament. Projections for the field have the Badgers seeded anywhere from fifth to seventh.

Besides trying to improve their pole position for the post-season, the third-seeded Badgers, the defending tournament champions, will try to extend their run of championships to four years. Coach Bo Ryan's teams have never failed to take home some kind of hardware at the end of the season and though the regular-season title has more prestige, the tournament championship is appreciated, too.

"(The tournament) is just who can last longer, who can focus longer, that kind of thing," senior forward Mike Wilkinson said. "It's another type of competition and it's a little different than the regular season. It's still something to be proud of."

Wisconsin is 2-0 against the Buckeyes this season. The last victory, by 64-56 on Feb. 27 in Columbus, Ohio, was the start of the Badgers' own run of momentum.

Needing to win their last three games to claim the third seeding in the tournament, the Badgers went on to beat Indiana and Purdue and enter the post-season winners of four of their last five games.

"We're starting to get things down," sophomore forward Alando Tucker said. "Guys are realizing that it's going to be serious, it's going to be tough. We've played some tough games on the road and this will be like another road game, so guys will have to be tough."

The Badgers should feel good about themselves for at least three reasons:

• The Badgers aren't getting the backcourt scoring they've received from their guards in the past but they compensate for that with the dynamic duo of Tucker and Wilkinson, who give the Badgers two players capable of exploiting opponents anywhere on the floor.

In the last six games, Wilkinson is averaging 17 points per game and shooting 59%. During that same period, Tucker is also averaging 17 points per game and shooting 53.7%.

• Sharif Chambliss hasn't been a factor scoring but he has protected the ball well. The senior guard has four turnovers in the last seven games and a 5-to-1 assist/turnover ratio during that stretch.

• Wisconsin is back at full strength. Freshman forward Brian Butch's return to game action against Purdue on Saturday after a bout with mononucleosis put the Badgers at full strength for the first time in almost a month.

At this time of year, Wisconsin needs every body it can get.

"It's survival," Tucker said. "Everything picks up. You're awareness. You know going into the game that every team is going to step up their game so you have to be ready to challenge the level of play they're going to bring."
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Great articles guys, I always enjoy reading your psosts....

I feel we can pull a win out of this one, but we need to get the momentum started early like stated above. If Stockman can make good looks on his 3 (I was ready to kill his asz during mid-game yesterday, lol), if Fuss doesnt try shots he knows hes not capabale of, and we play TEAM ball (that means Dials/Sylvester grabbing the rebounds and not fouling), we will win this one. It will be competitive, but we can do it! Lets go Bucks!!
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Buckeyes Eager To Face Wisconsin
By Steve Helwagen Managing Editor
Date: Mar 11, 2005

Ohio State's J.J. Sullinger says the Buckeyes let themselves down with their play in a late-season home loss to Wisconsin. They get a rare chance to atone for that defeat when they face the Badgers in the Big Ten quarterfinals tonight at the United Center (9 p.m. Eastern, ESPN-Plus).

After losing twice to Wisconsin during the regular season, most would think that Ohio State owes the Badgers some payback.

In reality, the Buckeyes owe themselves a lot more.

By their own admission, the Buckeyes did not give Wisconsin their best shot the last time the two teams met. UW dominated the much anticipated Feb. 27 match-up in Value City Arena, winning 64-56.

Afterwards, several OSU players admitted they did not play with the proper intensity needed to knock off a nationally ranked team.

“Personally, I had packed it in,” admitted OSU’s Matt Sylvester. “I was playing like a big wimp. I take responsibility for that. I am utterly ashamed of myself. I don’t know really what else to say.”

The Buckeyes will get a chance to right that wrong when they tackle Wisconsin in tonight’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinal match-up at Chicago’s United Center (9 p.m. Eastern, ESPN-Plus). Sixth-seeded OSU improved to 20-11 with Thursday’s 72-69 win over Penn State, while the third-seeded Badgers will enter with a record of 20-7.

OSU guard J.J. Sullinger, who had 11 points in the win over Penn State, discussed what it will take to pull off the upset tonight.

“It’s going to take a total team effort,” Sullinger said. “We definitely look forward to it. Wisconsin is a good team and I think we are, too. We just have to go out, play hard and compete. This is kind of what you play basketball for. You get up at 5:30 and you lift and you don’t have spring break so you can work on things. It’s fun to compete.

“I’m competing with the people I love. I wouldn’t trade one of these guys today for (Michael) Jordan.”

OSU coach Thad Matta is familiar with the Badgers. In his first year as a head coach at Butler in 2000-01, his Bulldogs went into Madison and upset the 10th-ranked Badgers 58-44. A year later, Matta and his first Xavier team defeated Wisconsin 57-48 in Cincinnati. That was Bo Ryan’s first year as the UW coach, a season where the Badgers would go on to earn a piece of the Big Ten title.

But Ryan’s Badgers own two wins over Ohio State this season, evening Matta’s all-time mark against UW at 2-2.

“Obviously, I haven’t figured them out yet,” Matta joked. “With Wisconsin, I’ve said all along they are a great basketball team. They’re sound defensively. I think you have to make shots against them. I love (Mike) Wilkinson as a player. Having (Alando) Tucker back helps as well. The second time we played them, they shot so well in the first half we were never able to get out of that hole.”

Wisconsin won 72-66 on Jan. 11 in Madison, then took the win over OSU in Columbus.

At Madison, UW played without Tucker. But it didn’t matter as the 6-8 Wilkinson carried the load. He had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds. Guards Clayton Harris (14 points) and Sharif Chambliss (11) also delivered.

OSU, led by 15 points from Terence Dials and 14 from Matt Sylvester, twice got the lead down to four in the final three minutes, but could get no closer.

Wisconsin’s win in Columbus was much more lopsided than the final eight-point margin indicates. Tucker had 19 points and nine rebounds and Wilkinson had 14 points and eight boards. UW led 37-27 at halftime and by as many as 15 in the second half before settling for the eight-point win. Dials was 8 of 10 from the floor and finished with 20 points. No other Buckeye reached double figures.

“That was probably one of the worst games we’ve played,” Sullinger said. “We didn’t play extremely well at home and we didn’t play that well against them on the road, either.”

Tucker, an athletic 6-5 forward and bad mismatch for most teams, leads UW at 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Wilkinson is next at 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. Guard Kammron Taylor averages 8.5 points per game, while Chambliss, a transfer from Penn State, adds 7.7 points per game.

“We have to limit their touches,” Dials said of Wilkinson and Tucker. “They are great offensive players. When they get the ball, it is tough to stop them. They are all-league players. We have to make other people try and beat us. We also have to rebound. I know a couple of times they got some offensive rebounds that hurt us.”

The Badgers have won three in a row and four of their last five going into the Big Ten tournament.

Also Notable

* Before yesterday’s game, OSU guard Tony Stockman had reached double figures in scoring just three times in the 10 games since he was moved out of the starting lineup. But Stockman rose up and struck for 25 points in the win over PSU, scoring 19 of them in the pivotal second half as the Buckeyes rallied from down 15 to get the win.

“With Tony, we all agree that he is capable of having those type of nights,” Matta said. “But even as he has had this kind of funk, he has steadily improved his defense. The steal he had on the baseline (against Penn State) was a great play. He just has to put it all together. I couldn’t be happier for the way Tony played.”

Sullinger added, “Tony is the kind of guy that can turn it on at any second. Tony will get a steal and a layup and he thinks he’s on fire. You know that he always wants the ball. He thinks he can make plays.”

* The win improved Matta’s record to 12-1 all-time in conference tournaments and 25-6 all-time in the month of March.

* This will be the second time OSU and Wisconsin have met in the Big Ten tournament. Two years ago, OSU, playing as the eighth seed, upset top-seeded Wisconsin 58-50.

* Wisconsin is ranked 23rd nationally by The Associated Press. OSU was 2-3 against ranked teams this year. Matta is 11-12 in his career against ranked teams.

* OSU is 8-6 all-time in the Big Ten tournament. Wisconsin is 7-6 in the event, winning last year’s tournament title in Indianapolis.
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