Badgers get shucked by Nebraska
The Badgers suffered their second consecutive road loss to the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Tuesday. With the loss, Wisconsin will fall to 9-9 on the season and 2-3 in the Big Ten. All is not lost for the Badgers the last time the Badgers were 9-9 things turned out just fine.
In the 2015-16 season the Badgers were in the midst of a 3 game win streak; in the Badgers next time, the Badgers were able to upset then #4 MSU. The Badgers will have an opportunity to play a top 5 team; the Badgers road trip will continue when they travel to West Lafayette Indiana on January 16th.
After the win, Nebraska improves to 12-6 on the season. With the win, Nebraska matched their win total from last season.
After only scoring 4 points in the first half, junior standout Ethan Happ scored 15 points in the second half. Happ also recorded his 7th double-double of the season. After a frustrating first half, Happ kept the Badgers in the game in the second half.
A big part of Happ’s frustration this season has come from the free throw line. That continued tonight, Happ only was able to see the ball go through the hoop once on six tries from the free throw line. One of Happ's fundamental issues is he can't seem to replicate his shooting form. "They cant be like snowflakes." Greg Gard when he was asked about Ethan’s struggles from the line.
This Badgers team has some fight; The Badgers have dealt with a plethora of injuries to key players, in addition, the Badgers have played one of the hardest schedules in the country. This Badgers team has faced more adversity than any other Badger teams in the last 20 years.
The Badgers faced that same adversity when they trailed by 12 with 14:26 left in the game. At this point in the game, the Badgers looked as their tank had almost run out of gas; the Badgers were able to use to use the small amount of gas that was left in the tank very efficiently. Wisconsin was able to pull within 6 points with just above 5 minutes to play. "This group continues to battle." "They continue to compete."- Greg Gard.
The lead of that fight was freshman guard Brad Davison. Davison had 15 points on 5-18 shooting. In addition, Brad drew two charges on the night bringing his total on the season up to 20 on the season.
Although he was taken out of the game on numerous occasions due to his bad shot selection, James Palmer Jr. lead Nebraska with 18 points and added 5 rebounds. Palmer who was 0-3 from 3 shot a combined 5-11 in the night.
After the loss to Nebraska, the Badgers will get one week off until they return the play when they take on Purdue in Mackey Arena.