In a season where it’s been very tough to get a road win in the Big Ten, Wednesday night was no different as the Minnesota Golden Gophers took down the Wisconsin Badgers 70-52.
The Badgers gave up a season-high 45 points in the first half and trailed by 13.
Defensively, it was a bad night for UW as they allowed Minnesota to shoot 41.0 percent for the game (54.5% in first half) and 40.9 percent from 3-point range.
Defense wasn’t the only issue. The Badgers shot 19-for-67 (28.4%) from the field and 7-for-29 (24.1%) from 3-point range and 7-of-11 (63.6%) from the free throw line. It was a season low from the field for UW and the lowest for the program since shooting 23.5 percent in a loss to Oklahoma in 2015.
Nate Reuvers scored 14 points and Micah Potter added 11 points with 15 rebounds.
The loss drops Wisconsin to 13-10 overall and 6-6 in Big Ten play. UW also falls to 3-9 on the road this season.
The Big Ten is the best conference this season, and it isn’t even close. There are 12 (of a possible 14) teams in the discussion to make the NCAA tournament. Realistically, the conference probably will get 10 maybe 11 in the tournament.
The depth of the conference makes the margin for error on the road so small.
Wisconsin will host Ohio State at the Kohl Center on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 12:00 pm (CT) and will be aired on CBS.