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There are some moments in a team’s history that live forever in the memory of its fans and those of us fortunate enough to cover its games. Saturday at the Kohl Center, against one of the only two unbeatens remaining in the nation, Wisconsin’s basketball team delivered just such a moment.
Forget the deflating losses to Minnesota and Purdue or the schedule-fillers earlier in the season. Saturday morning was the Kohl Center in its purest form: the Badgers showing up for a big-time rival and feeding off of a raucous mid-winter crowd.
After their third straight loss, the Wisconsin Badgers (1-4 Big Ten, 10-4 overall) look to regroup against a familiar opponent whose season is also in free-fall: the Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-4, 12-4). This will be the second showdown between these two border rivals as they met earlier this season in an ugly 56-74 defeat for Wisconsin.
A sense of déjà vu permeated Wisconsin’s (3-3 Big Ten, 11-6 overall) loss to Maryland Monday. Terrapin junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 21 points and knocked down a dagger three-pointer in the final minute as Maryland (4-1, 15-3) held off a late Wisconsin comeback to win 64-60. Sophomore forward Nate Reuvers led the way for the Badgers with a career-high 18 points.
Wisconsin (1-4 Big Ten, 10-7 overall) lost its third straight game in a 75-68 loss to the 25th ranked Indiana Hoosiers (4-1, 15-2).
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team (1-3 Big Ten, 10-6 overall) will look to break a recent slump as they play the No. 25 Indiana Hoosiers (3-1, 14-2) Sunday.
In a matchup of bona fide superstars, the Purdue Boilermakers (3-2 Big Ten, 10-6 overall) and junior guard Carsen Edwards bested senior forward Ethan Happ and the Wisconsin Badgers (3-2, 11-5). In need of a win to keep pace in the Big Ten race, the Badgers instead turned in a sloppy performance, falling 84-80 in overtime despite late heroics at the end of regulation. Here are the key takeaways from the disappointing result.
After a humiliating home defeat to rival Minnesota three days earlier, No. 22 Wisconsin traveled to Happy Valley to take on a struggling Penn State team, and came away with a 71-52 victory that was just the tonic it needed. The Badgers improved to 3-1 in Big Ten play, (11-4 overall), as the Nittany Lions (0-4 Big Ten, 7-8 overall) posted another listless performance in a rebuilding year. Here are The Daily Cardinal's main takeaways from Sunday’s action.
Wisconsin (1-2 Big Ten, 10-5 overall) looks to bounce back after its second conference loss of the season as it prepares to take on No. 19 Iowa (1-1 Big Ten, 10-3 overall) Monday at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Junior goaltender Jack Berry produced one of his best performances of the season in his first action in over a month, but it wasn't enough for the Badgers to come out with a win against Denver.
Wisconsin made history Thursday night.
The Wisconsin Badgers underwhelmed on the road as they fall to the Penn State Lady Lions (1-2 Big Ten, 8-6 overall) 64-71. With this setback, their second loss in three games, the Badgers droped to 10-5 overall and 1-2 in Big Ten play.
The Badgers (1-1 Big Ten, 10-4 overall) came away with their first conference win of the season, winning 76-69 over the Purdue Boilermakers (1-1 Big Ten, 10-5 overall) thanks to a huge third quarter run led by junior guard Suzanne Gilreath.
After outlasting the Purdue Boilermakers (10-5, 1-1) in a 76-69 near-collapse, the Wisconsin Badgers (1-1 Big Ten, 10-4 overall) now face the Penn State Lady Lions (0-2, 7-6) as part of a two-game road trip.
Now that conference play has kicked off, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (0-1 Big Ten, 9-4 overall) is looking to get their first conference win against the Purdue Boilermakers (1-0 Big Ten, 10-4 overall).
After a weeklong break for the holidays, the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0 Big Ten, 10-3 overall) traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky for their final tilt of the calendar year against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-0 C-USA, 7-6 overall). With the backing of a raucous crowd, WKU exposed UW’s rust, triumphing 83-76.
NEW YORK — In recent years, defense has been Wisconsin’s football identity. The Badgers ranked third in the country in scoring defense last season, fourth a year before, first the year before that. For even the most experienced players on Wisconsin’s roster, elite defense is all they’ve ever known.
NEW YORK — The pregame billing had it as a showdown between an elite pass defense and the country’s best running back. In the end, both units turned out to be wearing red and white.
Oftentimes, the singularity of a veteran player’s greatness can be easily forgotten — it can take major milestones to jolt fans from their complacency and recognize a remarkable career.
After a dispiriting letdown in the spring, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has spent the last two months on a redemption tour. Eager to prove that last year’s failures were merely an anomaly, they have begun their redemption tour with spirited performances against marquee opponents.