College Basketball Roundup: Badgers find shooting touch, rout 13th-ranked Buckeyes

2013-02-18T00:00:00Z College Basketball Roundup: Badgers find shooting touch, rout 13th-ranked BuckeyesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin can be awfully good when it is making shots. Ohio State found that out Sunday.

The 20th-ranked Badgers shot 53 percent from the field, their best performance of the season, to rout No. 13 Ohio State 71-49.

"The guys got good looks, and they went down," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "They didn't change anything. I'd like to say we did, that we found something."

It was a dramatic turnaround offensively for Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten) after Thursday, when the Badgers went scoreless over the final 5 minutes in regulation and then managed just four points in overtime while losing at Minnesota.

The 39 first-half points tied their best opening period in Big Ten play this season and were only 10 fewer than the Badgers scored for the entire game at Ohio State in a Jan. 29 loss.

Ben Brust and Jared Berggren each scored 15 points to lead the Badgers, while Brust also had 11 rebounds. Sam Dekker came off the bench to score 13 for Wisconsin, and Jackson added 10.

DeShaun Thomas led Ohio State with 18 points, though he needed 17 shots to do it and only got to the foul line once. Sam Thompson added 10 points but Aaron Craft was held to four on 2-of-9 shooting, and the team shot less than 38 percent from the field.

• No. 3 Miami 45, Clemson, 43: In Clemson, S.C., Kenny Kadji scored 12 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 36 seconds left to keep Miami perfect in ACC play.

Miami (21-3, 12-0) finished with its fewest points of the season, and its high-scoring guard duo of Durand Scott and Shane Larkin was a combined 3-of-16 shooting for 10 points. Still, the Hurricanes pulled out their 13th straight victory on Kadji's wide-open three.

• No. 4 Michigan 79, Penn State 71: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Trey Burke scored a season-high 29 points and freshman Glen Robinson III matched a career high with 21 to help Michigan bounce back from an embarrassing defeat. The Wolverines (22-4, 9-4) had a 23-point loss Tuesday night at No. 8 Michigan State.

• No. 12 Louisville 59, South Florida 41: In Tampa, Fla., Russ Smith scored 15 points and Louisville stayed within a game of first place in the Big East with a lopsided victory.

• California 76, USC 68: In Berkeley, Calif., Allen Crabbe had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Justin Cobbs added 22 points and California came back from 15 points down in the second half. Crabbe got into a heated exchange with Cal coach Mike Montgomery early in the second half but regained his composure and rallied the Golden Bears (16-9, 8-5 Pac-12) to their third straight win.

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