CHICAGO, IL (WHBL) - Wisconsin failed to score a basket in the final seven minutes on Sunday as Ohio State topped the Badgers 50-43 in the Big Ten men’s tournament final in Chicago. The Buckeyes won their league-best fifth tournament crown. The Badgers failed to give their seniors a championship, having last won the tourney in 2008. 22nd-ranked Wisconsin shot 40-percent in the first half, when they took a one-point lead to the locker room. They ended up shooting 38-percent for the game, while making just 3 of 18 from three-point range. The 10th-ranked Buckeyes also shot 38-percent – but they were more aggressive on the boards with 12 offensive rebounds and 13 second-chance points. DeShaun Thomas led Ohio State with 17 points and seven rebounds. Traevon Jackson was the only scorer in double figures for Wisconsin. He had 10. Jackson and his teammate Ryan Evans made the All-Tournament squad. Aaron Craft of Ohio State was the tourney’s M-V-P. The Buckeyes improved to 26-7, and later earned a Number-two seed in the N-C-A-A’s West Region. Wisconsin fell to 23-11. Wisconsin got the fifth-seed in the West, and will play Number-12 Mississippi late Friday morning in Kansas City. The Badgers are making their 15th straight trip to the Big Dance.
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