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Game notes: No. 19 Wisconsin 72, Penn State 56

The Badgers bounced back in a big way and beat the Nittany Lions to split the season series.

NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

After losing at Penn State on Saturday, the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers (14-5 overall, 8-4 Big Ten) were able to immediately get revenge by beating the Nittany Lions (6-8 overall, 3-7 Big Ten) in Madison on Tuesday evening.

The Badgers used a big start to the second half to pull away from PSU after only being up two points at halftime. Freshman Jonathan Davis and seniors Trevor Anderson and Nate Reuvers all played well off the bench and Wisconsin coasted to a pretty easy 16-point win.

Here are some fun facts and highlights from the game!

  • Wisconsin improved to 8-5 this season in Quad 1 and Quad 2 games according to the NET rankings. Penn State was ranked No. 29 in NET, making them a Quad 1 win.
  • Entering Wednesday, Alabama (10), Purdue (nine) and Illinois (eight) were the nation’s only teams with eight or more Quad 1/2 wins.
  • The Badgers have now won 19 of their last 21 home games.
  • UW has now won 20 straight home games against the Nittany Lions dating back to 1995 and have won 27 of the last 30 overall.
  • Wisconsin avenged an earlier season loss to an opponent for the eighth straight time, including two such occasions this season.
  • The Badgers allowed a season-high 81 points to PSU on Saturday, but held the Nittany Lions to their season-low 56 three days later.
  • UW is 9-0 this season when holding teams under 60 points.
  • After allowing 21 fast break points to Penn State on Saturday, the Badgers gave up just zero transition points in the rematch.
  • Badgers received 35 points from their bench unit while PSU only had 15.
  • Wisconsin made 9-of-18 3-pointers. The Badgers are 4-0 this season and have won eight straight dating back to the 2018-19 season when shooting at least 50% from behind the arc.
  • Seven different players have now led Wisconsin in scoring in a game this season after Jonathan Davis did it on Tuesday night.
  • Freshman G Jonathan Davis led the team scoring a career-high 17 points, going 4-for-4 from 3-point range. He also grabbed four boards and had three steals.
  • It wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies for Davis, however, as he had the second lowest ORtg on the team due in no small part to his game-high six turnovers.
  • The Badgers, as a team, had a season-high 15 turnovers and have now had 12+ turnovers in three straight games.
  • Senior F Nate Reuvers finished with nine points, giving him 1,001 for his career, becoming the No. 47 player in Wisconsin history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
  • Senior G Brad Davison chipped in 13 points, going 3-for-6 from 3-point range. He also matched his season high with seven rebounds. Davison started for the No. 112 time in his career, equaling the fifth-highest total in school history.
  • Davison now owns 1,229 career points, passing Kammron Taylor (1,223) to move into No. 24 place on Wisconsin’s all-time scoring list.
  • Senior F Micah Potter tallied 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Potter has scored in double figures in 15 of 19 games this year.
  • Senior G D’Mitrik Trice did not score for the first time this season, but finished with six assists and just one turnover in 34 minutes. With 10 more assists this season, Trice will move into No. 4 all-time for the Badgers in that category. Trice was also a game high +17 (tied with Davison and Tyler Wahl).
  • Senior G Trevor Anderson scored nine points (his season high in the Big Ten) off the bench and added three assists in just 12 minutes.
  • Sophomore F Tyler Wahl had a quiet game on the stat sheet, scoring five points, dishing out three assists and grabbing two rebounds but played solid defense.