Wisconsin Badgers in unfamiliar spot starting Big Ten Men’s Basketball on a Wednesday; Ohio State first opponent Tonight






MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin begins postseason play on Wednesday when it heads to Chicago for the 2023 Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers will open against Ohio State at 5:30 p.m. (CT) on BTN.

Before the Big Ten tournament begins, here is the Starting Five:

1. LAST TIME OUT: Wisconsin earned a 71-67 win at Minnesota on Sunday night to wrap up the regular season. Steven Crowl and Tyler Wahl scored 21 points each, while Chucky Hepburn scored all 12 of his points in the second half including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute.

2. TOURNEY TIME: In 24 appearances in the Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin is 26-21 (.553) overall and 15-9 in opening round games. The Badgers are seeking their fourth Big Ten Tournament championship, winning the title in 2004, 2008 and most recently in 2015. UW’s three tournament titles trail only Michigan State (6) and Ohio State (4) in league history.

3. WISCONSIN VS. OHIO STATE: Wisconsin and Ohio State will meet in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Sunday. The Badgers have won eight of the last 12 games overall against Ohio State, including a 65-60 win earlier this season in Columbus. UW is 1-4 all-time against the Buckeyes in the Big Ten tournament, but the two have not met with either of the two current head coaches at the helm. UW and OSU last met in the Big Ten tournament back in 2013 in the championship game at, coincidentally, the United Center in Chicago.

4. BATTLE TESTED: On the season, Wisconsin has played a total of 18 games that have been decided by five points or less, and the Badgers own a record of 11-7 in those games. No other Big Ten team has played more than 12 games this season decided by five points or less. This season alone, Wisconsin has played a total of six overtime games (record of 3-3), the most in school history.

5. DEFENSE! The Badgers are allowing just 63.8 points per game this season, which ranks fifth for scoring defense in the Big Ten. UW has held 24 of 29 foes below their scoring average, including holding five teams to season-low point totals.