The Wisconsin Badgers (16-8, 10-7) took down the Northwestern Wildcats (6-14, 3-13) in Evanston tonight, 68-51,
The win snaps a two-game losing streak and gives the program their 10th Big Ten regular season victory. UW is the only program to finish with 10 or more regular season conference wins in 16 (or more) of the last 18 seasons. Winning is hard in this conference, winning consistently is harder.
The Badgers had five players score in double-figures tonight.
Micah Potter led UW with 19 points on 7-for-8 from the field (3-3 from 3) and 2-of-2 at the foul line, including grabbing eight rebounds and three assists.
D’Mitrik Trice had 13 points going 5-of-6 from the field with five rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes. UW was +24 with Trice on the court tonight.
Brad Davison and Jonathan Davis each scored 12 points respectively and Tyler Wahl finished with 10 points.
Tyler Wahl didn’t light up the score sheet, but he played a heck of a game doing all of the little things and played great defense.
Wisconsin’s offense was much better tonight than they had been, but there’s still work to do. UW shot 23-of-56 (41.1%) from the field, 9-of-25 (36%) from 3-point range and 13-of-15 (86.7%) from the free throw line. UW also took care of the ball and committed only eight turnovers and had 17 assists on the 23 made baskets.
The Badgers defense held Northwestern to 20-of-50 (40%) from the field, 6-of-20 (30%) from 3-point range and 5-of-8 (62.5%) from the free throw line.
Micah Potter postgame noted that the players held a team meeting to talk and hash some things out. He thought tonight was a good first step but added it means nothing if it lasts just one game.
Not sure how, but UW needs to get Nate Reuvers up and running again.
Trevor Anderson has missed the last two games due to precautions for his back injury, the “good” news is Greg Gard said he’s now day-to-day and said that he gets updates everyday to see where Anderson is at.
Badgers get two days off before starting Illinois prep on Wednesday. Trice and Potter sounded excited for the rematch.
The game against the Illinois Fighting Illini (16-5, 12-3) is on Saturday, February 27 inside the Kohl Center. Tip-off is set for 1:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on ESPN.