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Badgers G Connor Essegian breaks down injury, early season struggles

The Badgers guard acknowledged the early-season difficulties on Thursday.

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The Wisconsin Badgers have enjoyed a competitive start to their season, fueled by losses to Tennessee and Providence, which were followed by wins over Virginia and SMU.

It’s been a different aura around the Badgers this season, who added some much-needed depth in transfer A.J. Storr and freshmen John Blackwell and Nolan Winter.

Storr’s addition has already been felt, as the 6’7 guard/forward leads the Badgers in scoring at 13.8 points, having earned a starting spot in the rotation.

With Storr moving into the top five, the Badgers have moved sophomore guard Connor Essegian to the bench, where he’s seen varying minutes over the first six games.

It doesn’t help that Essegian suffered a back injury against Tennessee that slowed down the start to his season, which has seen its fair share of ups and downs.

Speaking with reporters for the first time since Media Day, Essegian broke down his early-season struggles, while delving into the details of his injury.

The Badgers have a tough challenge ahead, as they face No. 3 Marquette on Saturday at the Kohl Center before traveling to face Michigan State and Arizona over a three-game stretch.

Can Wisconsin continue its recent momentum?