Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
The senior big man had a handful of blocks early on vs. Nebraska, and now he's written his name in Badgers history.
Jared Berggren entered Tuesday night's game vs. Nebraska two blocks shy of tying Rashard Griffith for Wisconsin's career record of 124. Two possessions into the game, he tied it. WIth slightly more than three minutes left in the first half, he sealed the deal.
Berggren's play has coincided with the Badgers' slight resurgence in Big Ten play. The senior center entered the night averaging 11.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, as well as a career-high 1.9 blocks per. Earlier on Tuesday, he was also named one of 30 finalists for the Naismith Award, given annually to college basketball's national player of the year.
Berggren has started all 28 games this season, and he is one of only three players to rank among the Big Ten's top 20 in scoring and top 10 in rebounds.
Griffith played at Wisconsin from 1994-95, including the '94 squad that reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in 47 years. He also averaged a double-double in '95 with 17.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, the first Badger to do so since 1977. The Chicago native was eventually drafted 38th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1995 NBA Draft before spending nearly 16 years playing in Europe.