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Monday, September 20, 2021
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Badgers hope to break out of slump against last place Nebraska

The No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers (8-5 Big Ten, 14-6 overall) are hoping to break out of their slump tonight visiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-7 Big Ten, 4-10 overall) who are winless in their last 24 Big Ten games, dating back to 2019.

The Badgers have been in somewhat of a rut recently, winning just two of their last five games, and falling to all three ranked opponents (Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois) they have faced since January. While the team has continued to play consistent defense, but have struggled to find an offensive rhythm.

“We have to find other ways to get in that rhythm [when our shots aren’t falling],” Brad Davison said in a weekend press conference. “There are things on the defensive side of the ball we can do better, set good screens, and make hard cuts to add value to the game.”

Looking back at the December matchup between the Badgers and Cornhuskers it was actually the easiest win Wisconsin has had in Big Ten play so far. Four players, led by Davison with 15, scored in double figures and the Badgers won by 14.

Davison has been in a shooting slump recently, shooting just 29 percent (14-48) from three point range over his last eight games — but he has shot 15-25 from three against Nebraska in his career, so this could be his game to break out.

The shooting woes haven’t been on Davison alone during this slump however, Wisconsin as a whole is shooting just over 27 percent (42-152) from deep in it’s last seven games.

“We just have to shoot better,” Davison said. “We’re getting good looks and moving the ball well though, and we have confidence in each other. It all comes down to us putting the ball in the hoop.”

Tip off is set for 8:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

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