No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers Lose to No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini

A disappointing University of Wisconsin men’s basketball season morphed into something even worse this afternoon inside the Kohl Center.

Illinois’ 74-69 victory felt secure long before the final whistle, sending UW to its third consecutive loss at home in the Kohl Center. As the game slipped further and further away from the 23rd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (16-9, 10-8) throughout the first 35 minutes of the game, before a little bit of a run by UW, so did what remains of their preseason goals.

The team opened the season ranked No. 8 and got as high as No. 4 during the season, won’t only wildly miss on a chance to repeat as Big Ten (regular season) Champions, but its chances of a top three or four seed in the NCAA Tournament are gone.

D’Mitrik Trice who likely played his final game inside the Kohl Center, scored 19 points in the final 2:12 of the game to give UW a chance, the only thing that stopped him from leading a historic comeback was Illinois hitting clutch free throws as the Illini hit on all 10 of their free throws in the final minute.

The Badgers had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but Trevor Anderson was fouled and missed both free throws in a 3-point game. Illinois sweeps the season series against the Badgers for the first time in 15 years.

D’Mitrik Trice finished with a game-high 29 points and Micah Potter finished with 15 points.

It was another brutal shooting performance by the Badgers today, other than Trice’s heroics in the final two minutes.

UW opened the game 1-of-14 from the field and had just two points in the first 7:18 today.

UW shot 24-of-69 (34.8%) from the field, 10-of-31 (32.3%) from 3-point range and 11-of-15 (73.3%) at the free throw line. UW only had 10 assists (not good) and seven turnovers (very good!). Another not so good stat….UW was 7-of-14 on layups.

The Badgers got out-rebounded 44-30.

Side note: Bo Boroski should never be able to officiate a Wisconsin Badgers game again.

I thought UW played much better today, aside from not putting the ball in the hoop.

Micah Potter: “It sucks that we lost that game. It sucks.”

All I know is it’s been painful watching this team play, particularly on the offensive end. They’re better than what they’ve put on the court.

Like I’ve said in the past….it’s torture being a fan of Wisconsin sports teams.

Up Next:

The Badgers will travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to play the Purdue Boilermakers (16-8, 11-6) on Tuesday, March 2. Tip-off is set for 8:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on ESPN2.

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