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Thursday, December 09, 2021

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Trice, bench propel Badgers to season-opening blowout of Central Arkansas

The No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers (1-0) might have returned 99.7 percent of their scoring from last season, but in a 79-47 victory Friday night it was youth, not experience, that helped jump start UW’s offense and overpower Central Arkansas (0-1). Leading by just two points with a little over seven minutes to go in the first half, sophomore forward Charles Thomas spun baseline off the right block and found senior guard Bronson Koenig wide open for a 3-pointer in the left corner.


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BASKETBALL

Hayes, Hill protest National Anthem, calling for social action

Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes has not been shy in expressing his opinions on the current social climate in the U.S., expressing ad nauseum his frustrations with how Black Americans are currently being treated. In UW’s first two exhibition games, Hayes and his teammate Jordan Hill have delivered their own on-court protest, standing out-of-line from their teammates as the National Anthem was performed. “You can’t take a knee on the court because my knee would hurt,” Hayes said.


Bronson Koenig was one of a few Badgers who had success at the free throw line against Florida, but Ethan Happ's and Nigel Hayes' struggles from the charity stripe hurt them when it mattered most. 
BASKETBALL

Badgers show flaws in exhibition win over Pioneers

Wisconsin’s 86-56 exhibition win over UW-Platteville Sunday afternoon might have been an early Thanksgiving reunion for the Gard and Showalter families, but the Badgers’ win over the Pioneers featured more than your standard batch of familial reunions. Turnovers, missed free throws and at times sloppy defense plagued the Badgers for long stretches of the afternoon, making Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard’s first matchup against his brother, Platteville head coach Jeff Gard, far less enjoyable than he would have wanted. Sure the Badgers have now won 43 consecutive exhibition games and led Sunday’s game from start to finish, but for a team with championship aspirations, the Badgers showed they still have a long way to go. “I saw some things that were good and positive and obviously a lot of things that will make the teaching tape that we’ll have to get better at,” Gard said. UW struggled for long stretches of the first half thanks to a flurry of bad passing, poor offensive possessions and abysmal free throw shooting.


BASKETBALL

Four takeaways from the Red-White scrimmage

New and improved Koenig shines After spending most of the offseason in Los Angeles working out with various high-profile basketball trainers, Bronson Koenig returned to Madison this fall in what he called the best shape of his life.  It didn’t take long for Koenig and his new and improved body to make an impact on the court.



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