Badgers beat Eastern Illinois in Home Opener

On what was an emotional night at the Kohl Center after a tribute of Howard Moore and family, the Badgers took down Eastern Illinois 65-52 at the Kohl Center.

Nate Reuvers followed up a strong season opener with another really good outing. He had 14 points (although 12 were in first half) and a career high 14 rebounds. But it was his defense that was most impressive, Reuvers also had nine blocks, tying the school record for the second time.

Kobe King was pretty quiet in the season opener, but he was explosive on Friday night. He scored 18 points which was a career high and nearly all of them were because of his aggressiveness. He also got to the free throw line 10 times, making eight of them.

The ugly part of Friday night’s game was the three point shooting. UW was 3-for-18 (16.7%) from beyond the arc and are now 8-for-37 (21.6%) on the season. The shocking part of those numbers is that a number of the attempts have been wide-open looks.

Wisconsin shot it so well from three-point range for the first 20 games last season, and have struggled to find consistency since.

The Badgers were 20-for-24 at the free throw line Friday night and are now 34 of 44 (77.3%) in the first two games. Free throws had been an issue for UW the last few seasons, primarily because Ethan Happ and Khalil Iverson took a bulk of the attempts.

The Badgers (1-1) will host McNeese State on Wednesday night at the Kohl Center. Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm (CT) and will be aired on Big Ten Network.

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