Who will be last to lose: Badgers or Buckeyes?

Two Big Ten men’s basketball teams remain unblemished: Wisconsin (11-0) and Ohio State (9-0). Both recorded another win Wednesday night, and both have a good shot to enter Big Ten play unscathed.

But, which one will be the last to lose? I break it down in this post.

Let’s just start with the near future, OK? There’s no need to start looking ahead to February or March and entertaining thoughts of an undefeated regular season. Maybe we can do that in a month or so, but not today.

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Noncon games left: Ohio State, 4 (North Dakota State; Delaware; Notre Dame; Louisiana Monroe); Wisconsin, 2 (Eastern Kentucky; Prairie View A&M).

Ohio State has one real test left, in Notre Dame, although North Dakota State isn’t exactly a cupcake. Still, if the Buckeyes get by the Irish, the Big Ten should feature two undefeated teams when conference play tips.

Advantage: Badgers

First 5 B1G games: Ohio State (at Purdue; vs. Nebraska; at Michigan State; vs. Iowa; at Minnesota); Wisconsin (at Northwestern; vs. Iowa; vs. Illinois; at Indiana; vs. Michigan).

The Buckeyes’ first five Big Ten games include two at home and three on the road, while the Badgers are the opposite. Advantage, Badgers. Ohio State draws two legit Big Ten contenders early on, including a date at previously No. 1 Michigan State. Advantage, Badgers. The Buckeyes get one of the Big Ten’s likely lower teams (Nebraska); the Badgers also get one (at Northwestern).

Advantage: Badgers

Five Big Ten games in, with these respective early slates, both likely will have a loss. I’ll say Wisconsin is the last to fall, though, with the Buckeyes losing Jan. 7 at Michigan State. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Iowa clips Wisconsin two days earlier.

For the curious minds: Should both teams remain undefeated through January, one is guaranteed to lose Feb. 1, when Wisconsin hosts Ohio State in the lone matchup of the regular season.

Here’s Ohio State’s remaining schedule:

Ohio State Schedule

And Wisconsin’s:

Wisconsin Schedule


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (6 Comments)
Jim in Raymond on 12/11/2013 @ 6:26pm EDT Said:

Badgers go UNDEFEATED into the B1G schedule!

Matthew on 12/11/2013 @ 7:17pm EDT Said:

Love these garbage posts about Wisconsin losing in the first round of the tourney. I believe the Badgers under Ryan have lost just once in the first round of the tourney and have been in the tourney every year he’s coached at Wisconsin. Have you seen the team Brent Yarina? They have more athleticism at each position than in any year under Ryan. But thanks for your post.

rachel christiansen on 12/11/2013 @ 8:44pm EDT Said:

badges all the way

Eric on 12/12/2013 @ 2:02pm EDT Said:

Where does he say at all that Wisconsin is going to lose in the first round of the tourney? In fact where does he say anyrhing about the tourney? This is about who stays undefeated last. But thanks for your post.

Dave Dorn on 12/12/2013 @ 6:18pm EDT Said:

On Wisconsin, but one of the 3 I teams will beat Bucky imo, and probably Iowa since they always play the Badgers extremely tough, and they may be just a little to athletic. Hope I am wrong, but I think Iowa, or Indiana. For OSU, be careful with ND, and definitely a tough one with MSU, whom imo, could go undefeated in B10 play this year, MSU is loaded for the B10 type of game, and their loss to NC was probably a benefit,get it out of the way early. Top 6 teams in conference can beat anyone at any time but should be good to watch and MSU OSU Wis. end of year standings

Wezilsnout on 12/13/2013 @ 2:00pm EDT Said:

This is a different Wisconsin team…deep bench with young players getting more floor time. Wisconsin teams have typically been tough but led by Josh Gasser, this is a REALLY tough team. All this with veteran leadership in Brust and Jackson. And I’m sure that few people outside of the UW program anticipated Frank Kaminsky being such an amazing presence on offense and defense. I doubt if they will go anywhere close to being undefeated. Every team has off days and there are many very good teams out there. But this year may see the Badgers going far.