In basketball, it’s common knowledge that having the best player on the court can allow a team to overcome an overall talent deficit. In football, the team with the best quarterback always has a chance. In hockey, it’s the best line.
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When striker Harry Kane scores a goal for his hometown team, Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, Tottenham fans break into song, singing “Harry Kane! He’s one of our own!”
Wisconsin (7-3 Big Ten, 15-6 overall) needed a team effort at Nebraska (3-7, 13-8) on Tuesday, and it got one.
In 67 games at Wisconsin, sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice has scored 586 points.
Head coach Jonathan Tsipis drew up the biggest after-timeout play of his Wisconsin coaching career to free Kelly Karlis in the corner for a buzzer beater against Nebraska.
After their sixth straight loss, the Wisconsin Badgers (1-7 Big Ten, 10-10 overall) look to salvage what remains of this season with a crucial homestand against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-4, 9-10).
How does one record a quiet triple-double?
Propelled by a euphoric crowd and yet another heroic performance from senior center Ethan Happ, Wisconsin (6-3 Big Ten, 14-6 overall) defeated Northwestern 62-46 (3-6 Big Ten, 12-8 overall) to win their third consecutive game Saturday. Happ scored the third triple-double in school history, his second of the year. In a victory similar to the early season successes, the Badgers took advantage of Happ’s all-around dominance, a strong defensive performance and hot three-point shooting to halt the Wildcats’ two-game winning streak.
The Wisconsin Badgers (21-3-0 overall, 11-3-0 WCHA) returned home to sold-out LaBahn Arena Friday night to host the St. Cloud State Huskies (8-16-2 overall, 3-12-0 WCHA). The Badgers shut out the Huskies 5-0 in the first game of the weekend, pouring in 44 shots on goal in the dominant victory.
Wisconsin (1-7 Big Ten, 10-10 overall) dropped its straight game in a close contest with the Penn State Lady Lions (3-5 Big Ten, 10-9 overall), falling 65-59 to continue a slide that has undone the excitement of the season’s strong start.
Road Reversal: After years of success away from home, Badgers struggling to find results this season
At the start of head coach Tony Granato’s tenure, Wisconsin went into opposing teams’ buildings and played like they had slept the night in their own beds.
Wisconsin triumphed 72-60 over Illinois Wednesday night at the State Farm Center in Champaign to improve to 5-3 in Big Ten play (13-6 overall) — its 14th consecutive win against the Illini (1-7 Big Ten, 5-14 overall). Sophomore forward Nate Reuvers led the way with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. Illinois seven-footer Giorgi Bezhanishvilli paced the Illini with 20.
In its second series of the new year, No. 1 Wisconsin (11-3-0 WCHA, 21-3-0 overall) split its rivalry series with No. 2 Minnesota (12-3-1-0 WCHA, 22-3-1). The Badgers walked away with a 2-1 win on Friday night but dropped Saturday’s rematch 3-1 as the top two teams in the nation faced off at Minnesota’s Ridder Arena.
Wisconsin needed a change.
Tai Strickland has always been the son of a household name.
Badgers ride hustle plays, hard-nosed defense and Happ to an unforgettable moment at the Kohl Center
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).