With the college hoops season drawing to an unexpected and sudden close because of the COVID-19 virus, the Badgers finished the 2019-20 season with a Big Ten regular season title to hang from the rafters.
Wisconsin ended with a 21-10 overall record, including a 14-6 mark in the toughest conference in the country, and 10 wins that are designated as “quad one”, the third highest amount in the country.
Given the robust number of wins, and a magical run of eight straight victories to close the season, there were plenty of great moments to look back upon. That being said, here are the top five games from the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball season:
Honorable mention: Wisconsin slaps Tennessee (12/28/19)
After starting out the season rather sluggish, Wisconsin broke out against Tennessee to obtain their first road win of the season. D’Mitrik Trice and Brevin Pritzl led the way with 38 points combined, as the Badgers roared by a ranked opponent at the time.
Things were very doom and gloom at the time, so this game was huge for righting the ship as Micah Potter was getting his feet wet prior to the resumption of conference play.
No. 5: Wisconsin out-duels Michigan on the road (2/28/20)
Two of the hottest teams in the Big Ten squared off in this matchup.
D’Mitrik Trice and Zavier Simpson traded baskets for most of the game, as each point guard recorded 28 or more points. Throw in 18 points apiece for Micah Potter and Aleem Ford though, and the Badgers got the victory on the road.
This game was a crucial piece of the eight game winning streak that the team finished on, and it was tremendously fun given how well the team shot from the field and from three throughout.
No. 4: Wisconsin upsets Ohio State on the road (1/3/20)
The Ohio State Buckeyes came into this game ranked No. 5 in the country and playing at home.
Wisconsin was searching for their fourth straight win, but was not the same team that they finished the year with.
The Badgers were able to get Kaleb Wesson into foul trouble in the first half, and capitalized to take an early lead at the half.
Tyler Wahl gave the team an emotional lift with his hustle and energy, but the Buckeyes rallied behind their home court advantage to hold a two-point edge with 3:47 to play.
In the end though, Wisconsin’s defense was too much, holding the Buckeyes 20 points below their season average at the time for the win.
No. 3: Wisconsin defeats Maryland (1/15/20)
Potentially the most exciting game of the year lands at No. 3.
Entering the game ranked No. 17, and with the Badgers only 11-6 on the season, Maryland was the presumptive favorite to win this game. That didn’t matter though.
Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter each played big in this game, but the definitive hero was Brad Davison. The junior guard made some miraculous plays in the final minute to propel Wisconsin to a two point win.
Davison first stole and threw an inbounds pass off of Maryland while the team was trailing, and then proceeded to nail a corner three-pointer on the next possession to win the game in the final seconds. The game was absolutely bananas, and was one for the memory books.
No. 2: Wisconsin over Indiana (3/7/20)
The last game of the season. A Big Ten title to play for. On the road against a team that is vying for a NCAA Tournament berth. Everything was on the line, and the Badgers won it.
Ironically enough, the Badgers trailed this game for the vast majority (only led for seven minutes and 22 seconds), but were able to hold on to win down the stretch, as Indiana only made one of their last 14 shots to conclude the game.
This game was in contention for No. 1 because it was such a crucial win however, the game was not always pretty, and there were rough patches where things were not looking so great. Overall, this game encapsulates the season nicely though given how much it ebbed and flowed.
No. 1: Wisconsin beats Michigan State (2/1/20)
Entering this game with a 12-9 record, and having lost three of their last four games, very little was going right for the Badgers on the court. In addition to the in game struggles, there was turmoil surrounding the team off the court. Kobe King recently left the team, Brad Davison was serving a one-game suspension, and there was growing concern by a subset of the fan base that was unsure about the future of the team.
Against Tom Izzo and MSU the Badgers were able to fight through it all and take down the Spartans in a spirited effort. In a white-out from the fans in attendance, Wisconsin did just enough to win by one point over Michigan State as D’Mitrik Trice and Brevin Pritzl played 38+ minutes in a hell of a game.
This game gets the top spot for not only its importance in the Big Ten race, but it was a springboard for what was to come for the team the rest of the year in many ways.
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