No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers Fall To No. 14 Michigan State Spartans

The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (15-3, 6-2 B1G) were without Tyler Wahl tonight and fall to the No. 14 Michigan State Spartans (15-3, 6-1 B1G), 86-74, inside the Kohl Center.

The Badgers got punched in the mouth tonight, especially the young players. You knew Michigan State would try and impose its physical will tonight after they were embarrassed at home by Northwestern. They did that and UW wasn’t able to counter, especially in the paint.

Head Coach Greg Gard is going to have a few choice words when they watch film on this game.

I do think that if Tyler Wahl plays in this game, it’s a completely different game in my opinion. Wahl is imperative to the Badgers on both ends of the court.

I thought Michigan State did a really good job on the defensive end on Johnny Davis, but Davis still finished with 25 points, but it did take him 20 shots to get that (8-for-20).

Brad Davison did all he could to try and rally the troops offensively and finished with 22 points on 8-of-12 from the field.

Ben Carlson (23 minutes) and Carter Gilmore (10 minutes) got Wahl’s minutes in this game and they were a combined 2-for-9 from the field, 1-for-4 from 3-point range for six points and only grabbed three rebounds between the two of them.

When you’re missing a key player(s), you need everyone to step up on the team and outside of Davis and Davison, the Badgers failed to do that tonight.

I do think this team will be just fine this season, but this was a frustrating game to watch.

Up Next:

Wisconsin will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-13, 0-8 B1G) on Tuesday, January 25th. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).

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