The Wisconsin Badgers (16-10, 10-9) put up a good fight for all 40 minutes against the Purdue Boilermakers (17-8, 12-6), but another night of shooting under 42 percent from the field and some costly defensive lapses late was their undoing tonight in a 73-69 loss tonight.
Purdue got 37 of their 43 second half points from inside the paint or at the free throw line. Ouch.
The Badgers have now lost four of their last five games and are now 4-42 all-time at Mackey Arena.
UW did play much better tonight that they had been recently, but still wasn’t good enough.
Brad Davison led UW with 15 points. Aleem Ford, Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter each scored 11 points respectively and D’Mitrik Trice scored 10 points.
Trice and Davison had brutal nights shooting the ball, going for a combined 6-for-22 from the field.
Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter had a combined five rebounds in a combined 40 minutes of playing time, UW needs more than that.
There’s a lot of good that can come out of tonight’s game. But it’s incredibly disheartening that this team hasn’t been able to put together 40 minutes all season long.
Wisconsin came out of the gate looking very good and even hit their first 3-point attempts, but then the trend continued and they went 4-for-26 the rest of the way to finish 7-of-29 (24.1%) from 3-point range.
The good news is: UW only committed six turnovers, got to the free throw line 21 times (16 makes) on the road and five players in double figures. I’m not used to this program losing games with those stats.
Nate Reuvers postgame said: “They ended up making a few more plays than us. We battled, took care of the ball, shots just didn’t go down for us. If we keep playing like that, we’ll give ourselves a lot of chances to win games down the stretch.”
Greg Gard postgame said he believes Wisconsin did a lot more positive things tonight than they had been doing offensively, including getting to the free throw line and taking care of the ball, but believes they could have attacked the rim more in the final minute instead of settling for three-pointers.
Wisconsin will travel to Iowa City to take on the No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes (18-7, 12-6) in the regular season finale. Tip-off is set for 11:30 AM (Central Time) and will be televised on FOX.