Ron Lewis had 17 points and Greg Oden added 12 for Ohio State (30-3), which also won the 2002 tournament in Indianapolis. Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker had 15 and 10 points, respectively, to lead Wisconsin (29-5). Jason Bohannon chipped in nine.
Ohio State has won 17 in a row since losing to Wisconsin in Madison back on Jan. 9. The Buckeyes have won 30 games for the first time in school history and are a lock for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, which starts Tuesday. The Badgers take second for the second time at the tournament and are likely to be a No. 2 seed.
Wisconsin opened the game 1-of-11 from the field and had 12 turnovers in the first half. Ohio State scored 12 points off those turnovers and led 26-20 at the break. Conley Jr. was 5-of-7 from the field in the opening half and had 12 points.
Oden played just six minutes of the first half after picking up two fouls. He didn’t attempt a shot in the period and had just two boards. He had eight rebounds in the second half and finished 5-of-9 from the field.
Bohannon got the Badgers going with a deep 3 halfway through the first half. The freshman had seven points before the break. Tucker scored all seven of his first-half points in the final four minutes.
Ohio State scored on its first four possessions of the second half and led 34-23 on a putback by Oden. Greg Stiemsma rejected the 7-footer on the next possession and hit a 15-foot jumper on the offensive end. Taylor followed suit with a jumper in the lane and Bohannon found Marcus Landry for an easy two to complete the 6-0 run.
After a bucket inside by Oden, Taylor hit his first 3-pointer and pulled Wisconsin within four, 36-32, with 14 minutes remaining.
But Wisconsin finished 4-of-23 from behind the arc and it cost them down the stretch. The Buckeyes used a 13-2 run late and took a 66-47 lead with just over two minutes left to play. Lewis hit a 3-pointer during the rally and Jamar Butler delivered the dagger with a deep 3 with the shot clock winding down. OSU was 6-of-16 from 3-point range.
Tucker and Taylor were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team following the contest. Oden and Conley Jr. were also selected to the team as was Purdue’s Carl Landry. Oden was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.