MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Devin Harris is living up to preseason expectations.
Harris scored 33 points as 14th-ranked Wisconsin pulled away for a 78-48 Big Ten Conference rout of Ohio State.
Named the conference's preseason Player of the Year, Harris is making a strong case to win the honor in the regular season. The senior guard entered Saturday's contest third in the league scoring at 18.4 points and enjoyed a big game at the expense of the overmatched Buckeyes.
Harris made 7-of-16 shots and he made a habit of getting to the free-throw line, where he went 16-of-18. His 16 converted free throws were just two fewer than the amount of baskets for the Buckeyes.
Harris has scored at least 30 points in three of his last four games, becoming the first Badger to accomplish the feat since Michael Finley in the 1993-94 campaign.
"The one thing that is very impressive about Devin is the fact that each team keeps their record up there for stats for the whole season and not just the conference," Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien said. "When you look at his statistics during the course of the whole season, his field-goal percentage, his 3-point field goal percentage, his free-throw shooting and turnovers, they are all higher in conference than non-conference."
Led by Harris, the Badgers went 32-of-38 from the line. The Buckeyes were just 7-of-17 at the line.
Clayton Hanson added 10 points for the Badgers (17-4, 8-2 Big Ten), who remained atop the conference standings. They took control in the second half, outscoring the Buckeyes, 42-20.
The Badgers also continued their dominance at the Kohl Center, where they extended their winning streak to 26 games. They have won those contests by an average of 20.5 points.
"The players know they've been doing some good things at home, we've been able to steal a couple on the road," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "They never look around and look for people to give them credit
J.J. Sullinger netted 14 points to lead Ohio State (11-12, 3-7), which lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
Sullinger's basket with 14:29 remaining in the contest pulled the Buckeyes within 43-34 before Harris took over the game.
Harris scored 12 points in a 14-5 spurt that he capped with a 3-pointer with 8:44 to go, pushing the advantage to 57-39. The Badgers cruised the rest of the way.
"We had a hard time scoring and Devin Harris basically took the game over during that one stretch when they really, really pulled away," O'Brien said. "He is every bit as good as any guard I have seen in college basketball in a awhile."