Winning away from the Kohl Center has been problematic for the Badgers so far this season and once again that was the case tonight in Piscataway.
The Badgers fell to 0-5 in road/neutral site games with a 72-65 loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. It’s the first time since the 1994-95 season that the Badgers haven’t won a road/neutral game in the first 10 games of the season.
The two main reasons UW lost tonight were the 14 turnovers, 12 in the first half, which Rutgers turned into 16 points. A season-long issue of turning the ball over has become an epidemic. The other reason, UW allowed 13 offensive rebounds to Rutgers, the most the Badgers have given up this season.
With the Badgers leading 33-32 at halftime, Rutgers began the second half on a 16-7 run and Wisconsin was only able to get it as close as three points the rest of the way.
Kobe King led the Badgers with 18 points. Trevor Anderson had 11 points and Aleem Ford had 9 points. Wisconsin actually outshot Rutgers from the field (47.9% to 46.0%) and from 3-point range (34.8% to 26.3%).
Geo Baker scored 11 of his game high 22 points over the final 7:04 of the game for Rutgers.
The loss puts Wisconsin at 5-5 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play.
The good news is the Badgers will get Micah Potter back which will be big and add depth the Badgers desperately need.
The Badgers will next play on December 21st when they’ll host UW-Milwaukee at the Kohl Center. Tip-off is set for 4:00 pm (CT). The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.