The 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (13-5, 7-4) lost to the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-7, 3-6) inside the Bryce Jordan Center, 81-71.
We’ve seen this story before where Wisconsin has one half where they have a brutal defensive effort. That was again the case today in the second half where they allowed way too much dribble penetration and allowed 50 second half points.
Wisconsin also committed 12 turnovers in back-to-back games, a season high. Penn State only committed 6 turnovers. Penn State scored 15 points off UW turnovers.
I’d like Greg Gard to pull a “Herb Brooks” and have the squad do sprints on the court after the game…..”again!”
Wisconsin was 29-of-66 (43.9%) from the field, struggling mightily from 3-point range shooting 7-of-28 (25%), and went 6-of-8 (75%) at the free throw line.
The Badgers had plenty of good looks today.
The Badgers committed 21 fouls to Penn State’s 10 fouls.
Penn State shot 27-of-60 (45%) from the field, 8-of-23 (34.8%) from 3-point range and 19-of-24 (79.2%) from the free throw line.
Brad Davison fouled out with 2:12 left in the game, scoring 8 points on 3-of-11 shooting with some great looks in the mix. Jonathan Davis also fouled out in the final minute.
Nate Reuvers led UW with 18 points, Aleem Ford added 15 points and Tyler Wahl scored 13 (with 10 rebounds).
Until the Badgers figure it out on the defensive end and put 40 minutes on the court, they’ll continue to have losses in games they shouldn’t lose.
The Badgers and Nittany Lions will play again on Tuesday, February 2. This time inside the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on FS1.