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Wisconsin basketball: Offense goes silent as Badgers drop road test to Oklahoma

Wisconsin struggled to find the bottom of the net in a loss to Oklahoma on Sunday.

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The bank was closed on Sunday. Apparently the rims were, as well.

The Wisconsin Badgers shot 23.5 percent en route to a 65-48 loss at No. 7 Oklahoma from the Lloyd Noble Center.

Forward Nigel Hayes led the Badgers (4-3) with 20 points and 11 rebounds on 5-17 shooting, while forward Ryan Spangler added 20 points and 14 rebounds of his own to pace the Sooners (4-0).

Guard Isaiah Cousins scored 14 and guard Buddy Hield added 12 as Oklahoma cruised to the victory.

Wisconsin got off to a strong start when Hayes drew a charge on the Sooners' opening possession and then drained a three-pointer on the other end for a 3-0 lead. It would be downhill from there.

Oklahoma then rattled off a 15-0 run behind eight points from Spangler as the Badgers endured a 7:04 scoring drought. Wisconsin went into the half trailing 34-19 on only six made field goals.

A Bronson Koenig three-pointer drew Wisconsin within nine points of the Sooners with 16:01 remaining in the second half.

Koenig scored nine points but struggled mightily from the field. The junior guard went 3-18 from the field, including 3-14 on three-pointers.

The Badgers held the Sooners to 42.6 percent (26-61) shooting and held the advantage on the boards (46-44), but were outscored 34-10 in the paint.

Wisconsin connected on only seven of 33 three-point attempts.