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LIVE GAME THREAD: Ohio State at Wisconsin

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Hello again from the Kohl Center, where Big Ten play has finally arrived. The Badgers have a tough early conference schedule, with four of their first six away from home and five of their first six against ranked opponents. Ohio State is playing without injured star Evan Turner, but nonetheless find themselves with an impressive 10-2 record heading into the conference opener.

Before we jump into Big Ten play, let's take a quick assessment of this Wisconsin team.

The Badgers' strong 10-2 start is generally considered one of the early surprises of the college basketball season. Wisconsin has a number of signature wins, including its victory over Duke in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, wins over Maryland and Arizona in the Maui Invitational and a triumph over in-state rival Marquette at the Kohl Center. The Badgers suffered a bad overtime loss to a hot-shooting UW-Green Bay team, but there is no question they are better off having lost a true road game to their 'little brother' and beating two ranked opponents than the other way around.

Overall, we'll give Wisconsin an A-minus. They won some games in which they were not favored, have yet to slip up at the Kohl Center, but still have that one ugly loss.

Individually, here is how it breaks down among the starters:

Trevon Hughes: Hughes has burst onto the national scene with his leadership at the point guard position for Wisconsin. He has finally put it all together in his senior season. He not only distributes the ball effectively but has shown the ability to take over games with his will power. Grade: A-

Jason Bohannon: Bohannon has yet to develop into the all-around player Bo Ryan typically produces. His only difference-making contribution seems to be in the area of three-point shooting, and even in that regard, he remains streaky. Bohannon seems reluctant to drive to the basket at times and, at this point, Jordan Taylor probably brings more to the table. Bohannon is, however, one of only three Badgers averaging in double figures in points. Grade: B

Tim Jarmusz: Jarmusz is a poor man's Joe Krabbenhoft. He plays tough defense and hustles for rebounds - third on the team in that department - but is very unproductive offensively, averaging just 3.8 points per game. Ryan is notoriously loyal to his veteran players, so Jarmusz will get every chance to produce. Because of his contributions in other areas, we'll give him the plus. Grade: B+

Jon Leuer: Leuer has developed into an All-Big Ten candidate. He leads the team in scoring with 17 points per game and has absolutely dominated smaller lineups. Leuer has great touch on his shot and is simply fun to watch. He is probably the Badger with the best chance of getting a shot at the next level. Grade: A

Keaton Nankivil: Nankivil has been solid if not spectacular. He provides the occasional high-scoring game - four double-digit contests this season - and is a force in the post. Nankivil is a heady player who always makes the extra pass. Grade: B+

As always, we'll be here all game, so follow along in the comments section and leave some of your own!