The 9th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (7-1, 1-0) took down the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-4, 0-1) 67-53 in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Wisconsin had an awful first 14 minutes or so to the game tonight. While some credit should be given to Nebraska, UW was often their own worst enemy during the horrendous start. The Badgers missed 15 of their first 16 shots and had only one basket in the first 12:40 of the game. That included missing some really good looks and committing six turnovers. Luckily, the defense was able to pick up the offense and allowed the biggest deficit to be 10 points, which UW erased while taking a 25-24 halftime lead.
Micah Potter finally asserted himself on the offensive end when UW was trailing 34-33 with 14:03 left in the game. He kicked off a 13-0 run which he had seven points in the run and assisted on two 3-pointers.
Potter ended up finishing with a double-double scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Brad Davison led UW with 15 points and Aleem Ford had 13. Nate Reuvers had a quiet 10 points tonight.
Head Coach Greg Gard has mentioned that the number one priority has been to play defense without fouling. The Badgers committed 12 fouls tonight which was a season low.
Wisconsin finished with 11 turnovers for the game. After having eight turnovers in the first half, UW only had three in the final 20 minutes.
Wisconsin will now play 12th-ranked Michigan State (6-1, 0-1) in East Lansing, Michigan inside the Breslin Center where Wisconsin hasn’t won since 2004. The game is on Christmas Day (Friday). Tip-off is at 11:30 AM (Central Time) and will be televised on Fox.