The No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers (19-5, 10-4 B1G) were upset by the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (15-9, 9-5 B1G), 73-65, inside the Kohl Center this afternoon.
The Badgers went up 60-59 with 4:49 remaining, but went empty on their next seven offensive possessions, which included four turnovers, two missed Davis shots, and one offensive rebound.
To me it seemed like Wisconsin came out flat and with no energy and seemed like they’d walk in a walk over Rutgers. You can’t do that in this conference. There’s a reason why the Big Ten is the best conference in the country.
UW missed a chance to take over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Huge home loss. Just an ugly afternoon.
Having said that, Rutgers deserves a ton of credit. They played really well and I’m not sure many teams would have beaten Rutgers today.
The Big Ten is a grinder. No reason to panic about Wisconsin.
It was just not a good day at the office for UW. You can blame missing key personnel for previous losses, but this one you can only blame Wisconsin’s bad outside and free throw shooting and their inability to slow the Scarlet Knights’ top two players.
Poor defensive execution allowed Rutgers to score 25 points on their first 15 possessions, which set the tone early.
Wisconsin shot 25-of-66 (47.3%) from the field, 4-for-19 (21.1%) from 3-point range and a brutal 9-for-17 (52.9%) from the free throw line. Wisconsin finished with 13 assists and 11 turnovers and got outrebounded 29-28.
Eight of UW’s 11 turnovers came in the second half.
Tyler Wahl led UW with 23 points on 9-for-14 from the field, with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Steven Crowl finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
Johnny Davis struggled a bit today. Davis had 11 points and eight rebounds, but had four turnovers.
Brad Davison had nine points, but really struggled shooting and finished making just 3-of-13 from the field.
One takeaway from this game: Greg Gard can’t have Lorne Bowman II and Jahcobi Neath on the court at the same time.
My current mood (sorry Big Cat):
Wisconsin will travel to Bloomington to take on the Indiana Hoosiers (16-7, 7-6 B1G) on Tuesday, February 15th inside Assembly Hall. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM (Central Time) and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.