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Thursday, December 09, 2021



Rutgers, Wisconsin meet in Madison Square Garden

A little over a year ago, the Badgers found themselves in a bad situation in a beautiful place: in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, trailing by six in the locker room at halftime of the 2K Classic consolation game. They would come alive in the second half, though, holding the VCU Rams to just 30 points and claiming a thrilling one-point win on Bronson Koenig’s game-winning layup with eight seconds to go. Saturday afternoon, UW will again get the chance to play at the Garden, but is looking to avoid yet another weak first half as the No. 15 Badgers (6-1 Big Ten, 17-3 overall) take on Rutgers (1-7, 12-9) for their first rematch of the 2016-’17 season. Though many of the UW players were in New York for the 2K Classic a year ago, freshman guard D’Mitrik Trice missed out on the opportunity by just a year. “I know they’ve been in this arena before,” Trice said.

Wisconsin Basketball

Badgers survive Minnesota in overtime thanks to big three

Sophomore forward Ethan Happ and senior forward Nigel Hayes might have combined for 49 of the No. 17 Wisconsin Badgers’ (5-1 Big Ten, 16-3 overall) 78 points Saturday evening, but when the Badgers needed a basket most, it was the third member of Wisconsin’s big three, senior guard Bronson Koenig, who made the key play. Trailing by two points with less than a minute to play in overtime, Koenig curled around two pin-downs and elevated for a 3-pointer over Minnesota’s Nate Mason.

Bronson Koenig

Badgers roll past Buckeyes in dominating fashion

Senior guard Bronson Koenig scored 21 points on five-of-seven shooting from three and senior forward Nigel Hayes added 15 points and four assists as yet again the No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers (3-1 Big Ten, 14-3 overall) bounced back from a loss, upending the Ohio State Buckeyes (0-4, 10-7) by a score of 89-66. The Badgers shot a mere 14 percent from three in their 11-point loss to Purdue over the weekend, but Thursday night, in their last home game before classes resume, Wisconsin regained its three-point stroke. UW, led by Koenig, made 12 of their 22 three-point attempts in what was one of its best offensive performances of the season.

Ethan Happ

Badgers down Hoosiers, return to Indiana to face Boilermakers

After No. 13 Wisconsin’s (2-0 Big Ten, 13-2 overall) 53-point victory over Florida A&M in late December, head coach Greg Gard candidly admitted that his team’s “mountain gets a lot steeper” as they enter conference play. With two conference wins, including an impressive 75-68 victory over No. 25 Indiana (0-2, 10-5), the Badgers have successfully reached their first conference plateau. Like any good climbers, the Badgers entered Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday evening prepared for the rough terrain they were set to face.

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