For the fourth straight game, the Badgers (2-0 Big Ten, 8-1 overall) entered the second half without a lead. And yet, after No. 12 Wisconsin’s 69-64 win over Rutgers (0-2, 5-3), just one of those games in question has ended in a loss. Call the Badgers a second-half team if you want, head coach Greg Gard would probably just call them winners.
Wisconsin’s Big Ten revenge tour began in style Friday night with a 72-66 victory over Iowa on the road to begin conference play. Here are the major takeaways from the encouraging victory:
Flip through the Badgers roster, and you may scratch your head as to why the team has started this season 6-1. It’s virtually the same group that stumbled to a 15-18 overall record last season and failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 19 years.
The Duke Blue Devils (0-0 ACC, 5-3 overall) handed Wisconsin (0-0 Big Ten, 6-2) its first home loss of the season in a 53-60 defeat for the Badgers, their second straight loss of the year.
Tuesday night, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team faced a home test for the first time. To make matters more difficult, NC State (0-0 ACC, 6-1 overall) applied pressure throughout the game, daring the Badgers to make them pay. The Wolfpack seemed to have an answer for every Wisconsin run. It appeared the Badgers would succumb to the pressure. On this occasion, however, they found an answer.
With 16 seconds remaining, the Badgers finally took the game by its reins. Brad Davison took his fourth charge of the game, this time on the Wildcats’ talisman Markell Johnson, and from there the Badgers had enough to eke out a 79-75 win in its toughest home contest of the season.
Last time out, Wisconsin (0-0 Big Ten, 6-1 overall) dropped a 69-68 nail-biter to the Arkansas Razorbacks for its first loss of the season. Now the Badgers return to Madison looking to change the tide as they prepare to take on the the Duke Blue Devils (0-0 ACC, 4-3) in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
The Wisconsin Badgers (0-0 Big Ten, 5-0 overall) improved to 5-0 and continued their impressive start to the season with a 57-42 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers (0-0 ACC, 2-4 overall) in their first of three games in the Challenge for Music City tournament.
Anemic first-half offense proves too much to overcome for Wisconsin in Battle for Atlantis title gameBy Sebastian van Bastelaer | Nov. 23, 2018
Last season, the Badgers went to Charlottesville to take on a top-ranked Virginia team. They left having scored only 37 points in a humbling loss to the Cavaliers. his year, an improved UW team took on UVA with a chance to win the Battle 4 Atlantis, hoping for some vengeance. While the Badgers were able to break 40 points on this occasion, they return to Madison with the end result unchanged.
Fresh off a huge road win over Xavier, Wisconsin returned home hoping to avoid a letdown against their Southland Conference opponent the Houston Baptist Huskies.
The Wisconsin basketball team’s frontcourt got a little thinner Monday, as the team announced senior forward Alex Illikainen has left the program.
The Wisconsin men’s basketball team began the 2018-'19 campaign in style Tuesday night, winning 85-63 over Coppin State at the Kohl Center. Senior forward Ethan Happ recorded the second triple-double in Badgers history, tallying 10 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice scored a career-high 21 points, including five three-pointers to lead the team, while junior guard Brevin Pritzl knocked down four triples and finished with 16 points.
Wisconsin’s basketball schedule for the 2018-19 season is set. The calendar was released Tuesday afternoon by the Big Ten, and it should test a young Badgers team that missed the NCAA tournament last season. Like last season, the Badgers will face some stingy non-conference opposition early in the season. Wisconsin will travel to Xavier and Marquette before Christmas, and will face Stanford and either Florida or Oklahoma in the Battle 4 Atlantis, which runs from November 21-23. The Badgers will also be tested by the Big Ten’s new 20-game schedule, a wrinkle that will make its debut this season (teams previously played 18 games against conference foes). Coach Greg Gard’s squad will begin its Big Ten slate November 30 at Iowa, before hosting Purdue and Maryland in Friday-night games.
As the final buzzer sounded in Lincoln and the Wisconsin men’s basketball team (2-3 Big Ten, 9-9 overall) dropped to .500 nearly 20 games into the season, the situation felt unprecedented. The Badgers have dropped out of the NCAA Tournament conversation entirely and have slipped to No. 75 in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings.
After a tune-up game to open the season against South Carolina State, Wisconsin (2-0) faced its first test of the season as Yale (0-2) came to town Sunday.
Fans of the Boston Celtics mourned Wednesday morning after the Boston Celtics management announced that their star forward, Gordon Hayward, had been put down by team doctors after breaking his leg.
UW loses best recruit in recent memory in Tyler Herro, still should remain optimistic about recruiting philosophyBy Sebastian van Bastelaer | Oct. 23, 2017
The devastating side of national recruiting reared its ugly head this week, with Tyler Herro, one of Wisconsin Basketball’s top-rated recruits of all time, decommitting from the program.
With four starters gone from the 2016-’17 Wisconsin men’s basketball team, there is more than a fair share of playing time to be doled out and next to no clarity on who will take those minutes.
LaVar Ball is loving his moment in the spotlight. What may have started as an honest attempt to drum up NBA interest for his son Lonzo, a projected Top 3 pick in the upcoming draft, has cascaded into the formation of his own celebrity and mass attention around his family. LaVar has said his son is better than Steph Curry, told of his desire for a $1 billion dollar shoe contract for his three sons and even appeared on ESPN’s First Take alone to spout that he could beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one matchup.
NEW YORK — Inevitability, Wisconsin’s consistent poor free-throw shooting was going to rear its head out at the worst possible of times.