No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers Escape With Win Over Penn State Nittany Lions

The No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (18-4, 9-3 B1G) get a gritty 51-49 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-10, 4-7 B1G) inside the Kohl Center.

There are no ugly wins or beautiful losses. We move on.

The first half was as ugly as the UW 18-13 halftime lead indicated. It gave me PTSD of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament when Penn State beat Wisconsin 36-33.

In the first 20 minutes, UW shot 25.8% from the field and Penn State shot 16.7% from the field.

Steven Crowl came up big in the second half and finished with a team-high 13 points, Tyler Wahl finished with a big 12 points, while Chucky Hepburn added 10 points.

Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry said they threw everything at Brad Davison and Johnny Davis to slow them down and thought Tyler Wahl was one of the difference makers and said “Tyler Wahl is a good player. Just because we’re helping off of him, doesn’t mean he’s a bum.”

For the game, UW shot 21-of-56 (37.5%) from the field, 6-for-21 (28.6%) from 3-point range and a poor 3-of-6 (50.0%) at the free throw line. The Badgers did grab 37 rebounds and had 10 assists and eight turnovers and scored 22 points in the paint.

My frustration tonight was with the Kohl Center crowd. Is was so quiet and it was a sellout. Make some noise!!!

It wasn’t quite the bounce back performance we expected from that Illinois game, but it was a huge bounce back win for the Badgers.

Up Next:

Wisconsin will hit the road to East Lansing, Michigan to take on a tough No. 13 Michigan State Spartans (17-5, 8-3 B1G) team on Tuesday, February 8th. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM (Central Time) and will be televised on the Big Ten Network (BTN).

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