Coming off a brutal performance in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, the Wisconsin Badgers (11-3, 5-2) bounced back with a gritty win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-5, 3-5), 60-54, in Piscataway at the RAC.
Wisconsin’s offense went on an eight minute stretch in the second half without a field goal, but the defense stepped up and didn’t allow much from Rutgers and UW never trailed by more than two points during that eight-minute span.
Wisconsin was 19-of-54 (35.2%) from the field, 6-of-25 (24%) from 3-point range and 16-of-21 (76.2%) at the free throw line.
Rutgers out rebounded UW, 50-35, and the Scarlet Knights also grabbed 17 offensive rebounds.
Aleem Ford played a heck of a game on both ends of the court. Ford finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds and had 4 blocks along with 2 steals.
Brad Davison also scored 14 points, D’Mitrik Trice finished with 13 and Micah Potter chipped in 10 points.
D’Mitrik Trice was very quiet on the offensive end until the final five minutes of the game. Trice had a clutch three-pointer, layup, and two free throws to seal the deal for the Badgers.
Head Coach Greg Gard said after Tuesday’s game that we’ll find out how the team would respond to a loss in that fashion. Well, we found out this is a gritty group that can respond.
It’s like that old saying …. “it’s always better to win ugly than lose pretty.”
The Badgers will welcome the Northwestern Wildcats (6-5, 3-4) to the Kohl Center on Wednesday, January 20. Tip-off is set for 8:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on Big Ten Network (BTN).