The 21st-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (15-6, 9-5) bounced back from Saturday’s loss to Illinois and beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-11, 0-8) inside Pinnacle Bank Arena tonight, 61-48.
UW came out uninspired on both ends of the court the first 10 minutes of the game, falling behind 22-14, but then they regrouped and held Nebraska to just 26 points over the final 30 minutes.
Wisconsin’s defense held Nebraska to just 36.7 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range and forced 17 Cornhusker turnovers.
However, the Badgers entered the game with an offense that’s been struggling the last couple games and searching for consistency, they won’t leave tonight’s game much different as UW didn’t shoot the ball well themselves either.
The starting lineup shot a combined 12-for-49 (24.5%), including a 3-for-14 effort from D’Mitrik Trice, but Wisconsin’s bench came ready to play today. The Badgers bench scored 23 points, including a game-high 10 points from Jonathan Davis.
Wisconsin was 20-for-69 (32.3%) from the field, 9-for-32 (28.1%) from 3-point range and 12-of-17 (70.6%) from the free throw line. The Badgers also only turned the ball over eight times, which snapped a five-game stretch of double digit turnover games.
The three-point shooting wasn’t great tonight, but UW is 9-1 when they hit at least nine triples, the lone loss coming against Michigan last month.
For a Wisconsin team that’s struggled to score from the outside recently and find a consistent offensive rhythm, tonight’s offensive output was enough to support a stout defensive performance.
Nate Reuvers returned to the starting lineup, replacing Micah Potter who’s mightily struggled lately. Reuvers finished with eight points and five rebounds.
Trevor Anderson was a huge lift off the bench and kept UW under control offensively. Anderson finished with eight points, including hitting two three-pointers.
Even though D’Mitrik Trice had a poor shooting night, he finished with a team-high eight rebounds and three assists while not turning the ball over.
The Badgers will host the 3rd-ranked Michigan Wolverines (13-1, 8-1) on Sunday, February 14, inside the Kohl Center. Michigan hasn’t played a game since January 22 due to a COVID-19 related pause within the entire athletic department. The Wolverines did return to practice this week and UW head coach Greg Gard said he anticipates the game to be played.
Tip-off for the game on Sunday is set for 12:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on CBS.