The No. 22 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2, 1-1 B1G) had a clunker on the offensive end of the court in a 73-55 loss in Columbus, Ohio to the No. 21 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-2, 2-0 B1G).
Johnny Davis led UW with 24 points on 11-of-22 from the field. But he got little-to-no support from teammates.
The rest of the Badgers were a combined 11-for-43 (25.6%) from the field.
As a team, UW shot 22-for-65 (33.8%) from the field and 6-for-26 (23.1%) from 3-point range and a poor 5-for-9 (55.6%) at the free throw line. The Badgers also turned the ball over eight times and only had seven assists. When you add all of that up, it was an ugly day offensively.
The Badgers got punched in the mouth and didn’t recover.
Wisconsin scored 0.76 Points Per Possession, which is the worst offensive performance since a loss at Virginia on November 27th, 2017.
If there is a silver lining, splitting Indiana and Ohio State this week before Big Ten play picks back up in January is a net positive. But the Badgers desperately need a third scoring option to emerge when January rolls around.
Ohio State beat then No. 1 Duke last week and No. 1 Purdue just lost at Rutgers a couple days ago. The road in the Big Ten is going to be a meat grinder this year. Wisconsin will be just fine despite a rough one today.
If we learned anything this week, it’s this: It’s time for Chris Vogt to start over Steven Crowl.
I’m not one to “attack” college kids, but Crowl was absolutely horrendous on both ends of the court today and quite frankly has had a disappointing first 10 games to the season.
This team is night and day better with Vogt on the floor.
It always is disappointing, or whichever word you would like to use, when you lose. But a loss like this I think will be beneficial to this team. It’s time for Greg Gard and co. to go back to the drawing board after the six-game winning streak came to an end.
The Badgers will welcome the Nicholls State Colonels (6-3) to the Kohl Center on Wednesday, December 15th. Tipoff is set for 7:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).