The 4th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers used a big run in the first half to pull away from UW-Green Bay this evening at the Kohl Center.
Will Ryan, the son of legendary coach and former UW head coach Bo Ryan, is in his first season as the head coach at UW-Green Bay. Freddie Owens, who played at UW in the early 2000s, is an assistant coach under Ryan.
Will Ryan joked that he told Greg Gard and staff to take it easy on UWGB. “They decided not to,” Ryan joked.
Sophomore Tyler Wahl put together arguably the best performance of his career. In just 20 minutes of play, Wahl put together his first career double-double with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 15 rebounds. Wahl added four assists, two steals and a pair of blocks.
The Badgers offense is lethal in the fact they have so many guys that can get hot and go off on any given night. But, today was a team effort. Five players scored in double figures led by Micah Potter’s 14 points. Aleem Ford and Nate Reuvers scored 13 points each. Wahl had 11 and Brad Davison added 10.
The start offensively, however, was not very good. UW had four turnovers in the first 10:04 of the game and the shot selection in the early going was questionable which led to the 1-for-6 start. But UW figured it out and went on a 19-4 run to open up the game.
Former UW head coach Dick Bennett’s grandson, Lucas Stieber, is a redshirt freshman for the UWGB Phoenix. Stieber had one point and two rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
Before the game, Wisconsin announced that senior guard Walt McGrory underwent hip surgery and will miss an indefinite amount of time.
Dating back to last season, the Wisconsin Badgers have now won 11 games in a row. It’s the longest winning streak in the country.
The Badgers will travel to Milwaukee on Friday, December 4, to play the Marquette Golden Eagles (2-0) at the Fiserv Forum. Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM (CT) and will be televised on FS1.