Wisconsin Vs. Ohio State: Buckeyes Look To Beat Badgers, Keep Pace In Big Ten Race

MADISON, WI - FEBRUARY 04: Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates a win over the Wisconsin Badgers with teammate Aaron Craft #4 at Kohl Center on February 4, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 58-52. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ohio State looks to sweet Wisconsin.

The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (23-5, 11-4) host the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers (20-8, 9-6) on Sunday afternoon in a key Big Ten matchup.

After Michigan State beat Nebraska on Saturday night, Ohio State will attempt to keep pace in the race for the regular-season Big Ten title. The Buckeyes are currently one loss behind the Spartans so a win today will help set up what could be a fantastic finish to the conference schedule when Ohio State visits Michigan State for the last game of the season.

But the Buckeyes can't look ahead as Wisconsin always presents a challenge and should be desperate to find a way to win in Columbus on Sunday. The Badgers are 2-2 in their last four games including a heart-breaking 67-66 loss at Iowa on Thursday.

Ohio State is also 2-2 in their last four games with losses to Michigan State and at Michigan, but the Buckeyes were strong in putting away Illinois 83-67 in their last outing on Tuesday.

Ohio State won the first matchup between these teams in Madison earlier in the season. Jared Sullinger had his way around the bucket in the 58-52 win, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

The game is scheduled to tip off at 4:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on CBS.

For more on the Ohio State Buckeyes, check out Along The Olentangy. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Basketball hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Basketball.

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