March 13, 2009
Live blog from courtside at Conseco Fieldhouse for game #5: Wisconsin vs. Ohio State. Please note that we are having internet connectivity issues and updates may be slow in appearing at times.
16:29 left, first half, Wisconsin 5, Ohio State 5: It's knotted at five at the first time out of the game. Evan Turner has four of Ohio State's five so far.
11:45 left, first half, Wisconsin 9, Ohio State 5: Scoring has slowed down a bit with both teams playing some pretty tough defense at this point and not giving up many easy looks.
7:44 left, first half, Wisconsin 14, Ohio State 14: The teams are tied up once again. The Badgers are struggling from the field at the moment, hitting 31% of their shots (5-16) while OSU is hitting 50% of theirs (6-12).
5:39 left, first half, Wisconsin 20, Ohio State 16: Wisconsin has jumped onto a mini-run, led by Trevor Hughes who has 10 points so far for UW.
4:50 left, first half, Wisconsin 22, Ohio State 16: Coach Matta has seen enough and takes a 30-second time out to try to cool off the Badgers.
2:08 left, first half, Wisconsin 28, Ohio State 24: Offense picking up on both sides as they move towards the half.
Halftime, Ohio State 29, Wisconsin 28: The Buckeyes put together a run of their own in the final minutes of the half, highlighted by a William Buford three at the buzzer to take a one-point lead into the half.
15:26 left, second half, Wisconsin 38, Ohio State 35: The two squads have come out in the second half and traded a few baskets, with Wisconsin holding a three point edge at the first media time out of the half.
11:54 left, second half, Wisconsin 42, Ohio State 42: Still a close game, but Ohio State facing a little foul trouble with Evan Turner picking up his third foul of the game.
7:41 left, second half, Wisconsin 47, Ohio State 45: This continues to be a nip-and-tuck battle between the two. Fouls are continuing to pile up. OSU's Dallas Lauderdale and Wisconsin's Marcus Landry and Kevin Gullikson have joined Turner with three each.
4:09 left, second half, Wisconsin 54, Ohio State 48: The Wisconsin trio of Trevon Hughes (15 pts.), Jason Bohannon (11 pts.), and Jon Leuer (11 pts.) have done most of the heavy lifting for Wisconsin, scoring a total of 37 of the team's 54 points.
3:59 left, second half, Wisconsin 54, Ohio State 50: More foul trouble for OSU, Mullens and Turner each have four fouls.
2:10 left, second half, Ohio State 55, Wisconsin 54: The Ohio State crowd erupts as the Buckeyes retake the lead.
1:43 left, second half, Ohio State 55, Wisconsin 54: Mullens fouls out.
Final, Ohio State 61, Wisconsin 57: Ohio State becomes the first lower-seeded team in this year's Big Ten Tournament to advance. The Buckeyes will take on MSU in tomorrow's first semifinal.