The 7th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers jumped out to a 25-0 lead on Arkansas-Pine Bluff to begin the game, then cruised to a 92-58 victory tonight at the Kohl Center. The win puts Wisconsin at 2-0 to start the season.
With Virginia losing earlier today, the Wisconsin Badgers currently have the longest winning streak in the country at 10 games.
Micah Potter dominated the game for Wisconsin, scoring a game-high 19 points while grabbing five rebounds and three assists.
D’Mitrik Trice scored 15 points, Nate Reuvers added 14 and Aleem Ford chipped in 10 points.
Wisconsin played a heck of a first half. Leading 53-19 after the first 20 minutes, UW shot 60.6 percent from the field, including 7-for-12 (58.3%) from 3-point range. Six different players hit a three-pointer and seven guys scored in the first half. Wisconsin also had zero turnovers in the first half.
The not so good was the second half. Just like Wednesday night’s game against Eastern Illinois, the Badgers took their foot off the gas pedal in the second half. Wisconsin and Arkansas-Pine Bluff tied 39-39 in the final 20 minutes. UW scoring 39 points after halftime isn’t the part for concern, it’s the part where an inferior Pine Bluff team scored 39 points. Despite being the significantly better team, Wisconsin only out-rebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff by three in the second half and allowed five offensive rebounds. Wisconsin also had six turnovers in the second half.
Johnny Davis struggled from the field tonight, shooting 3-for-10 with nine points, but did lead UW with eight rebounds.
Two more UW freshman made their collegiate debuts tonight. Guard Jordan Davis and forward Carter Gilmore played the final few minutes. Gilmore missed the only shot he took but did grab two rebounds.
The Badgers will host the UW-Green Bay Phoenix on Tuesday inside the Kohl Center. Tip-off is set for 4:00 PM (CT) and will be televised on Big Ten Network (BTN).