The 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (14-5, 8-4) bounced back from Saturday’s loss in University Park to beat the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-8, 3-7), 72-56, tonight inside the Kohl Center.
Despite leading 33-31 at halftime, it was a very ugly first half for UW that saw one field goal made over the final 7:57 of the half and 11 turnovers in 31 possessions.
I would have loved to be in the locker room at halftime to listen to what Greg Gard said, because UW played like the UW team we thought we’d see all year in the second half tonight.
The Badgers only had 4 turnovers in the second half and allowed 25 points, most of which came in garbage time in the final two or three minutes of the game. UW’s defense was really good in the second half and much better tonight than in Saturday’s loss.
For the game, UW shot 25-of-52 (48.1%) from the field, 9-of-18 (50%) from 3-point range and 13-of-16 (81.3%) at the foul line.
UW finished with 15 turnovers for the game, the third consecutive game with double digit turnovers. It’s the longest streak since November 2019 when the Badgers had four consecutive games with double digit turnovers.
Penn State was 22-of-57 (38.6%) from the field, 6-of-24 (25%) from 3-point range and 6-of-10 (60%) at the free throw line.
Jonathan Davis had a career high 17 points tonight in 19 minutes. Brad Davison scored 13 points and Micah Potter added 12.
Trevor Anderson was another great spark off the bench tonight. UW’s bench scored 35 points.
It’s been a bad last few days for the basketball family in the state of Wisconsin.
Richie Davis, the manager and director of the Wisconsin Playground Club AAU team, passed away on Sunday at 48 years old. He influenced countless players that have gone through the Badgers program, including the Davis brothers on the current UW team, and countless other basketball players in the state of Wisconsin.
Then Tracy Krueger, a Wisconsin high school referee, passed away last night after collapsing on the court during a game. He was 69 years old.
The Badgers saved two seats for each of them for tonight’s game.
The Badgers will play on the road in Champaign, Illinois against the Illinois Fighting Illini (11-5, 7-3) on Saturday, February 6. Tip-off is set for 1:30 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on FOX.