Buckeyes come up short as Wisconsin wins, 72-69
Jamar Butler missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Kammron Taylor scored 25 points and No. 3 Wisconsin survived a late charge by Greg Oden and No. 5 Ohio State to hold on for a 72-69 victory Tuesday night.
The Badgers (16-1, 2-0 Big Ten) used a 14-0 run midway through the second half to apparently take control in an early season matchup of conference favorites.
But the Buckeyes rallied to close within 69-64 on a dunk by Oden with 37 seconds remaining.
Taylor then made one of two free throws on the other end, and the Buckeyes' Ron Lewis hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to three with 25 seconds left.
Joe Krabbenhoft hit one of two free throws for Wisconsin, and Oden again scored on a dunk with 8.9 seconds left to cut the lead to 71-69.
After Taylor again hit one of two free throws, Jamar Butler missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Alando Tucker added 17 points for the Badgers, who are 13-2 against ranked teams and 40-2 in conference home games under coach Bo Ryan.
Ivan Harris led Ohio State with 17 points.
It was another rough road outing against a highly ranked opponent for Ohio State's heralded freshmen.
The Buckeyes lost 98-89 at then-No. 7 and current No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 29, and fell 86-60 and then No. 5 and current No. 2 Florida on Dec. 23.