The No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (14-2, 5-1 B1G) played a magnificent game and took down another ranked opponent, this time it was the No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-4, 4-2 B1G), 78-68, inside the Kohl Center.
Brad Davison and Tyler Wahl both had big time games for UW with Johnny Davis struggling a little bit on the offensive end.
Davison scored a game-high 25 points on 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and hit some big time shots for the Badgers, while playing some great defense.
Davison have seven games of 25 or more points in his career and three of them have come in the first 16 games of this season.
Tyler Wahl keeps getting better and better on the offensive end and has carried the Badgers on a couple different occasions this year. Tonight he scored 20 points on 8-of-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from 3-point range and grabbed seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Wahl in the last four games is averaging 15.8 points, shooting 75.8-percent, 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Greg Gard postgame said about Wahl: “He’s playing with a tremendous amount of confidence. When you cross that threshold from sophomore to junior, a lot of things come with that that you hope develop … just the confidence he plays with right now, he knows he’s a good player.”
Johnny Davis struggled on the offensive end of the court, but still helped the team and played magnificent defense. Davis finished with 14 points, but was 4-of-18 from the field and 5-of-6 at the free throw line, while grabbing nine rebounds and finishing with two assists and a steal, but did have four turnovers.
The great thing about this Badgers team that even when their best player has struggled, someone has stepped up.
It was another big step for the Badgers tonight. It’s one thing to win when Johnny Davis is playing like the National Player of the Year and carrying them. Winning big games when he has an off night is another level. My excitement keeps building with this squad!
UW shot 27-of-58 (46.6%) from the field, 10-of-23 (43.5%) from 3-point range and 14-of-20 (70.0%) at the free throw line, which I would like to see be a little better. The Badgers finished with 16 assists on the 27 made field goals, which is good and also committed nine turnovers which is good, but not great. Anything that’s 10 or less in the turnover department is “good.”
UW also held Ohio State scoreless in the fast-break points department after the Buckeyes scored 14 fast-break points in Columbus against UW in the middle of December.
What more do the Badgers have to do to get an ounce of respect out of the national media? Is a double-digit win over a ranked opponent with Johnny Davis having his worst game of the season enough for the haters to convert?
Ohio State head coach Christ Holtmann postgame said: “Give Wisconsin credit. Thought they imposed themselves with force and physicality.”
The Badgers will travel to Evanston to play the Northwestern Wildcats (8-6, 1-4 B1G) on Tuesday, January 18th. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).