The Wisconsin Badgers (9-2, 1-1 B1G) were without Johnny Davis tonight and after an ugly first half, they flipped the script in the second half and got an ugly win, 71-68, in Madison at the Kohl Center over the Nicholls State Colonels (7-4).
I’ll say it again — easy is boring.
I guess it was a good thing Wisconsin wasn’t playing Dimes State.
Johnny Davis didn’t play due to a non-covid illness. All I know is that Johnny Davis deserves a huge damn raise and also needs to live in a germ free bubble the rest of the season.
This was a game the Badgers absolutely couldn’t lose and they found a way to avoid a resume-killer.
Defensively in the first half, UW absolutely couldn’t stop dribble penetration, the rotations were slow and the players were getting swallowed up in screens.
That first half was hands down the worst UW has played this season on both ends of the floor, it was absolutely brutal. Luckily the Badgers avoided embarrassment. Lots of guys made plays in the second half to comeback from a 12-point deficit to win, but Chris Vogt and Jahcobi Neath deserve to share the game ball.
Neath and Vogt each contributed nine points and seven rebounds, respectively.
Neath showed what he can provide tonight with physical defense, attacks the glass and finds ways to score. I’m curious to see how he fares from here.
Where would the Badgers be without Chris Vogt? Another tenacious effort from Vogt, this one four days after a tornado devastated his hometown. If you want to help his GoFundMe page for those impacted by the tornados in Mayfield, Kentucky can go here.
Steven Crowl did little-to-nothing, much like most of the season. It’s time for Chris Vogt to be in the starting lineup over Crowl.
Brad Davison stepped up offensively in the second half and finished with 19 points, two assists and a rebound.
Tyler Wahl added 12 points with four rebounds and two assists.
The fans that attend the games at the Kohl Center need to bring more energy. It was pretty dead energy wise in the arena tonight.
The Badgers will welcome the Morgan State Bears (4-6) to the Kohl Center next Thursday, December 23rd. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).