Heisman Trophy candidate Melvin Gordon was kept in check by the Buckeyes defense and had a fumble returned for a touchdown.
The Phoenix, now 6-2 on the season, led by as many as 22 points in the second half.
Miami scored only one basket in the first 12 minutes of the second half and finished shooting a season-low 33 percent.
The Badgers (8-1) shot 32 percent while contending with a 2-3 zone defense by the undersized Golden Eagles.
Badgers and Buckeyes meet Saturday night at Indianapolis.
Mehryn Kraker leads the Phoenix in scoring at 14.6 points per game.
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Green Bay lost its second game of the season Thursday night.
Phoenix men host Drake, women host Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes have the best offense in the Big Ten. The Badgers have the best defense in the league, including a quick linebacker corps.