Last shots: Wisconsin 75, Illinois 50

MADISON – The Wisconsin Badgers snapped their losing streak at three games on Friday night with a 75-50 victory over Illinois at the Kohl Center.

Thirteen last shots for Khalil Iverson’s 13 points against the Fighting Illini on Friday night.

1. The game started off extremely sloppy for everyone involved. The first possession for each team resulted in a turnover, the first made field goal of the game wasn’t until Illinois’ Leron Black knocked down a jumper at the 17:27 mark. The first half also saw multiple needs to adjust the clock and even an incidental buzzer causing a pause in play.

2. After the slow, sloppy start, the Badgers were able to put their foot on the gas pedal offensively mostly thanks to guard Brevin Pritzl. He finished the game with 16 points in 37 minutes on the court. Pritzl scored 13 of his points in the first half. He was in a great rhythm early on, knocking down both 3-pointers he attempted in the first half. He finished the first half 5-of-8 shooting while playing all 20 minutes.

3. In the second half Pritzl wasn’t in the same rhythm. He was just 1-of-7 from the floor, with the lone make a banked in 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock with 14:14 left in regulation to put Wisconsin up 56-38. That was their largest lead of the night at that point.

4. Despite Pritzl and forward Ethan Happ both scoring 16 points, neither one actually led Wisconsin in the scoring column. Guard Brad Davison had a relatively quiet 18 points on the night. The quietness of his scoring can be attributed to the fact that he finished the night with only six field goal attempts. He did the majority of his scoring from the free throw line, where he knocked down all 10 of his attempts.

5. The 18 points for Davison was a Big Ten season-high. He’s the Big Ten freshman leader in scoring currently, averaging 12.1 points per game. Davison also became the first player for Wisconsin to be perfect from the free throw line with at least 10 attempts since Nigel Hayes did so in 2016, per UW.

6. Speaking of Happ, he finished the night with his eighth double-double of the season. He had 10 rebounds and five assists in addition to his 16 points. This is the fifth double-double in the last seven games for Happ.

7. Happ once again did a terrific job passing out of double-team situations, as he has all season long. That’s one of the more dangerous parts of his game offensively, especially considering his outside game isn’t operational at a very high level at the moment.

8. The fourth and final player to reach double-figures in scoring was forward Khalil Iverson. He finished the night with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Iverson has been inconsistent on that end of the floor throughout the season. He’s had nights where the Badgers have relied on his scoring to get by and he’s had nights where he hasn’t attempted a single shot. Wisconsin doesn’t know what they’re going to get out of him on a regular basis offensively.

9. Iverson is a solid defender and definitely more consistent on that end of the floor. He’s only had five games this season where he has failed to record either a block of a steal. The Badgers are 2-3 in those games, including losses by 25 and 28 points to Ohio State and Purdue, respectively. The two victories came against South Carolina State and UW-Milwaukee with the third loss being against Baylor. Iverson matched a career high with three blocks against Illinois. He also had a pair of steals.

10. While Iverson blocked three shots, he was outshined in that area by freshman forward Nate Reuvers who finished with five blocks on the night. Reuvers leads Wisconsin with 21 blocks on the season despite sitting out the first five games of the season due to an uncertainty over redshirting.

11. As a team Wisconsin tallied 10 blocks. That mark is their highest in a single game since they denied the Indiana Hoosiers 10 times on March 16, 2013.

12. The Badgers have now knocked off Illinois in 12 straight matchups. The last win for Illinois over Wisconsin came on January 2, 2011 when the then 23rd ranked Fighting Illini defeated the Badgers 69-61 at Assembly Hall.

13. Wisconsin will be back in action Tuesday night on the road against Iowa. Tip-off is set for 6PM CST.

Badgers fall to Nebraska 63-59

The Wisconsin Badgers lost to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 63-59 on Tuesday night in Lincoln.

Forward Ethan Happ was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points and 11 rebounds on the night. He had a stretch of seven consecutive points to cut Nebraska’s lead from double-digits down to only four with less than five minutes remaining. Nebraska responded, however, pushing the lead back to nine a few possessions later.

Wisconsin did make another push into the Nebraska lead, cutting the lead down to 62-59 with a second left in the game thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from guards Brevin Pritzl and Brad Davison. After Davison cut the Nebraska lead to three, Evan Taylor of the Cornhuskers knocked down a free throw to seal the win for Nebraska.

Davison and Pritzl were two of the three Badgers, along with Happ, to reach double-figures in scoring. They had 15 and 10, respectively.

The Badgers struggled to get support from their bench unit. Aleem Ford was the only player to score off the bench in 26 minutes. He had three points on 1-of-7 shooting, including 1-of-3 from behind the arc. Wisconsin as a team did struggle to shoot from distance. They finished 5-of-29 from 3-point land on the night.

The Badgers will be back in action next Tuesday against No. 5 Purdue on the road.

Wisconsin falls at Rutgers 64-60

Wisconsin’s rollercoaster of a season continued Friday night as the Badgers fell at Rutgers 64-60.

The Badgers went on a late 7-0 run to tie the game at 53 with 2:07 left, before guard Corey Sanders drilled a jump shot for Rutgers followed by a 3-pointer to push the lead back to five. Wisconsin would get no closer than four the rest of the way.

It was sloppy game offensively for coach Greg Gard’s team. They had 14 turnovers — one off their season high — and their two best offensive weapons — junior Ethan Happ and freshman Brad Davison — combined for 12 of them.

Happ earned his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, but was just 4 of 10 from the field, the first time he’s shot under 53-percent since a win over Penn State back on Dec. 4. The performance came just days after he scored a season-high 28 points against Indiana.

Davison and sophomore Brevin Pritzl led Wisconsin with 13 points each, while Sanders paced Rutgers with 23 points on 10 of 19 shooting.

The loss dropped the Badgers to 9-8 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten play. They’ll travel to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers next Tuesday.

Wisconsin 71, Indiana 61: Last word

MADISON — Ethan Happ scored a season-high 28 points as Wisconsin topped Indiana 71-61 Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.

Player of the Game: Happ

You could tell almost from the tip that Happ was going to have a big night. He had an hand in the first 10 points for Wisconsin — scoring seven himself and dishing out an assist for the other basket. The Hoosiers, like most of Happ’s career, had no answer for the big man, as he scored at least 19 points for the fourth time in six games against Indiana.

But it wasn’t just his scoring. He had nine rebounds, six on the offensive end, while finishing with four assists, two blocks and season-high four steals.

It was a dominant all around effort from one of the best two-way players the Badgers have ever had.

The good: Fight

These Badgers won’t be pushed around, at least not by an Indiana team that was essentially called soft by Hoosiers coach Archie Miller afterwards. Feeding off the energy provided by Happ, guard Brad Davison and reserve Aaron Moesch, Wisconsin dominated the boards, out rebounding the Hoosiers 30-22, including a 13-7 advantage on the offensive end. It seemed like nearly every loose ball ended up in the Badgers hands, and that wouldn’t have been possible without the effort they showed pretty much all night.

The not so good: Injuries

It didn’t happen in the game, but Wisconsin was once again hit by an injury to a guard, this time sophomore Brevin Pritzl. Coach Greg Gard said he injured his head during the team’s shoot around earlier on Tuesday and it’s unclear how long he’ll be out. Pritzl is going through the concussion protocol and won’t return until he clears that.

Stat of the game: 14

That’s how many points Davison had in the game, all of which came after halftime. The freshman was 4-of-8 from the field, including drilling a pair of 3-pointers to help the Badgers build their lead.

What they said:

“I think it’s something here at Wisconsin where it’s always next man up. That’s been how we transition putting new guys in different roles. Not just guys getting hurt, but also guys having to switch positions due to those injuries. I think we’ve done a great job doing that.”

— Ethan Happ on playing without D’Mitrik Trice, Kobe King and now Pritzl.

In Case You Missed It:

— Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in the crowd with friend and big Wisconsin fan Andy North.

— Wisconsin has now won 16 straight games against Indiana at the Kohl Center.

— Due to the injury to Pritzl, freshman Nate Reuvers made the first start of his career.

— Senior Aaron Moesch played a career-high 25 minutes.

— Juniors Andy Van Vliet and Alex Illikainen did not play in the game.

What’s Next

Wisconsin (9-7, 2-1) takes on Rutgers (10-5, 0-2) in New Jersey on Friday night. It’s the first game of a stretch where the Badgers play five of six away from Madison.

Last Shots: Wisconsin 82, Chicago State 70

MADISON – The Wisconsin Badgers defeated Chicago State 82-70 at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night in their next-to-last non-conference game of the season.

Seventeen last shots for the 17 points scored by Wisconsin’s Khalil Iverson in a sloppy victory over Chicago State.

1. There are no such things as ‘bad wins’ in sports. Victories are hard to come by, no matter how easy they may look at times for some teams. That being said, Wisconsin would have preferred Wednesday night’s victory over Chicago State look a little better than it did.

2. The Cougars came into the Kohl Center as losers of their last nine games, with eight of them coming by double-digits. Chicago State had played four Power-5 opponents before Wednesday. They were 0-4 with the closest loss being 95-62 on the road against Iowa to open the season. More notably, Chicago State was trailing Northwestern 55-8 at half time of their December 11 matchup.

3. The best way to encapsulate Chicago State’s season so far is that they have not yet defeated an NCAA Division 1 team.

4. The betting line closed with Wisconsin as 30.5-point favorites. This was supposed to be an easy victory for the Badgers to gear up for the resumption of Big Ten play. It was anything but that.

5. Chicago State did struggle in the first half. In the first 20 minutes, it was evident that Wisconsin was more talented than the Cougars. They went to the locker rooms at halftime with Wisconsin holding a 41-24 lead. The Badgers did some things they were happy with and looked to be on their way to a blowout win. The second half was a different story.

6. “I thought we had until tonight,” said coach Greg Gard on whether or not his team had made progress defensively. “I thought there were areas that I referred to that we had taken steps forward in. Even in the first half I thought we did some good things. In the second half, for whatever reason, we were much more porous in terms of what we were trying to stop or attempting to stop, and gave them confidence early [in the half].”

7. After the break, the teams went back-and-forth for the first seven minutes of the half before Chicago State went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead down to single digits for the first time since the 9:43 mark of the first half.

8. While the Badgers were able to push their lead back to as many as 17, the game certainly didn’t leave Wisconsin satisfied, and it shouldn’t have.

9. Forward Ethan Happ was the leading scorer for Wisconsin. He had 18 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists on the night. The was a game where the Badgers needed everything they got from him. There certainly have been nights when Wisconsin has needed Happ’s best to either win or keep games close, but Chicago State wasn’t expected to be one of them.

10. There were times when Happ certainly struggled defensively against the Cougars. For much of the time he was matched up against Chicago State center Deionte Simmons. Simmons was the games’ leading scorer, finishing with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He, like Happ, scored 10 of his points in the second half.

11. Guard Brad Davison had a tough night shooting on his way to 15 points. He was 3-of-10 from the floor, including 2-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc. He was 7-of-8 at the charity stripe on the night. Davison’s shooting wasn’t the main story of his night, however. More on that below.

12. Like previously stated, all wins count the same, but this one certainly could have looked better for Wisconsin.

13. Davison’s shoulder troubles continued in the first half against Chicago State. Ninety seconds into the game he was forced to leave and retreat to Wisconsin’s locker room after re-aggravating an injury he’s been battling since the team’s first road trip of the year. Davison spent roughly five minutes of real-time in the locker room before emerging to cheers and returning to the bench. Shortly after that he ran back into the tunnel and had the shoulder brace he wears re-adjusted. Davison then returned to the floor at the 14:49 mark in the first period. He quickly buried a 3-pointer on the next possession.

14. In the second half, Davison had to leave the game and retreat to the locker room once again with 5:14 remaining in regulation. He spent approximately two minutes of real-time getting checked out before emerging to the bench and heading to the scorers’ table. He checked back in with 4:38 left in the game.

15. While the 15 points scored show up in the box score next to Davison’s name for Wisconsin, the three trips to and from the locker room don’t. He was not made available for postgame comment.

16. Davison also did draw his 15th and 16th charges on the night. This is the second consecutive game in which he has had two charges drawn. He attempted to get a third call in the second half, however, just like the game against UW-Green Bay, he was whistled for a block on that try.

17. Wisconsin now has one final non-conference game left on the schedule. They play host to UMass-Lowell on Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center. Game time is 3pm. The River Hawks are currently 6-6 on the season, and have not yet squared off with a Power-5 opponent.

Badgers 81, Phoenix 60: Last shots

MADISON – The Wisconsin Badgers won their second consecutive game on Saturday evening, defeating UW-Green Bay 81-60 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score.

Sixteen last shots for the 16 made free throws by Wisconsin on Saturday evening.

1. UW-Green Bay (5-8) was overmatched in this game. There is no other way of putting it. There were spurts in which they were able to look competitive, but their talent level was nowhere near that of Wisconsin (6-7).

2. Things could not have started out better for the Badgers. They opened up the game hitting their first 10 shots from the floor. That streak lasted the first 8:20 of the game for Wisconsin. The first miss came when a 3-pointer from Walt McGrory rimmed out.

3. The way UW-Green Bay was able to look competitive was with their pace. Coming in Wisconsin knew that the speed at which the Phoenix play was going to be an adjustment for them, and at times it was. More often than not the Phoenix are either shooting or ready to shoot half way through the shot clock. The ball is also typically past midcourt while there is still 27 or 28 seconds remaining on the shot clock.

4. The Phoenix actually were able to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 10 points at 29-19 with 7:17 left in the first half. The Badgers then exploded on a 13-0 run over the next 3:42 to push the score to 42-19. Wisconsin then went into the half with a 42-22 lead.

5. Brad Davison has now drawn 14 charges on the season. He took a pair against UW-Green Bay on Saturday. There were a few instances where he attempted to draw his third, but he was called for a pair of blocks instead.

6. He was the game’s high scorer with 18 points on the evening. Davison was 7-of-14 from the field, although he did struggle from behind the arc. He was 1-of-7 on 3-pointers. As a team, the Badgers finished 5-of-19 from deep.

7. Forward Ethan Happ continued to string together strong performances. He may not get as much credit nationally this year because of Wisconsin’s record, but he’s been consistent. Happ finished the night with 14 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. He was 7-of-9 from the floor against the Phoenix. Happ was only on the floor for 22 minutes, due to the fact that the game was a blowout. On the season, Happ is averaging 16.2 points per game, as well as 8.2 rebounds. He, along with Khalil Iverson, are the only two players to start all 13 games for Wisconsin this season.

8. This was the first game action for Wisconsin since the win over Western Kentucky on December 13. The 10-day lay-off was welcomed by the Badgers. It finally gave them an opportunity to focus on themselves rather than constantly be preparing for an opponent.

9. “We haven’t had a whole lot of time to practice,” Davison said. “We’ve had a tough schedule with games back-to-back. So, we had a lot of time to just hone in on all of our weaknesses and building our strengths. We spent a lot of time, whether it was individual skill work, or team defense, or just running through our offense, just trying to get everyone on the same page. It worked really well for us today. That’s our goal, just keep getting better every game, every practice, the results will take care of itself.”

10. The lay-off may have also given Davison’s shoulder a little bit of time to heal. He’s been dealing with that injury for a couple of weeks now. Davison does wear a brace while on the court that extends down nearly to his elbow on his left arm.

11. “A little bit, they might suggest it,” said Davison on if the coaching staff needs to remind him to be smart with his shoulder. “But, another thing is I don’t want to be thinking about it. When I go out there I just kind of forget about it, get it out of my mind. I just go out there and play the game that I love to play and the way I love to play it. I just try to forget about it and [the coaching staff] are all for that too.”

12. With Davison on the floor as often as he is, whether it be diving for loose balls or taking charges, there have to be moments where coach Gard and his staff collectively hold their breath.

13. “I feel it, I feel it throughout the game. There’s always different plays either where you land on [his shoulder] or it gets pulled. The brace is there to help support it, so I try not to think about it. I have no problem playing through the pain so I just love to be out there. I have two teammates who can’t play, so I’m just thankful for the opportunity to play.”

14. Davison is obviously speaking of guards Kobe King and D’Mitrik Trice who are both currently sidelined with injuries and haven’t played since Wisconsin’s loss to Temple on December 6.

15. Both King and Trice were in attendance in sweats Saturday. Each of them had surgery on December 11. King has been ruled out for the season with an injury to his left knee. Trice had an operation on his right foot and was slated to begin his rehabilitation process 2-3 weeks following surgery, per UW. If he is on schedule, his process would be starting as soon as Christmas Day. Trice was not wearing a walking boot or on crutches. The two were out on the court during halftime warm ups. King was interacting with teammates and Trice was chatting with one of the officials.

16. Wisconsin will be in action next on Wednesday for their second-to-last nonconference game of the season. They host Chicago State at 8pm. Chicago State is currently 2-13 and neither of their wins have come against an NCAA opponent.

Wisconsin 81, Western Kentucky 80: Last shots

MADISON – Wisconsin got back in the win column with an 81-80 victory over Western Kentucky University on Wednesday night at the Kohl Center in controversial fashion.

Twenty last shots for the 20 3-pointers attempted by Wisconsin on Wednesday night against Western Kentucky

1. Wisconsin (5-7) has struggled to close out games this season. They’ve been close in contests against Xavier, Baylor, UCLA, and Temple but haven’t found a way to win those games. In the victory over Penn State there was more a feeling that the Nittany Lions simply ran out of time rather than Wisconsin put them to bed.

2. It’s tough to say that the Badgers put the Hilltoppers away in this one, but a win counts all the same.

3. The Hilltoppers tied the game at 80-80 on a floater from Darius Thompson with 2.0 seconds remaining on the clock. Thompson took the ball and went the length of the floor before advancing into the lane and getting the ball over the out stretched arms of Wisconsin’s Khalil Iverson.

4. Following that basket, the officials went to the monitor to check what the clock should read. On the floor, it stopped at 0.9 seconds remaining, but upon review 1.1 seconds were added. Once that was settled, Wisconsin called a timeout to set up an inbounds play. The Badgers needed to go the length of the floor in order to attempt to win the game in regulation.

5. The play called wasn’t one that’s commonly seen. Wisconsin guard Brevin Pritzl took the ball out of bounds with the ability to run the baseline due to Thompson’s made basket on the other side of the timeout. Guard Brad Davison’s job on the play was to set a screen on the man guarding Pritzl, or so it seemed.

6. “My job was to let him run me over,” Davison said. “Then it would be a foul on him. Really good play call by coach and it worked perfectly. We’ll take it.”

7. “I just did my job and ran back-to-back [along the baseline] and made sure that he got hit,” said Pritzl of the inbounds play.

8. Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury wasn’t pleased with how the end of the game played out, to say the least. His postgame press conference was easily the most entertaining of the season in any game involving the Badgers.

9. “Everybody will talk about that last play but there’s plenty of plays that could have happened before that. That last play gets magnified,” said Stansbury following the game. “I think if you check the film, the guy setting the screen is out-of-bounds. His foot’s out of bounds. That automatically makes him an illegal screener. But again, that play will get magnified. That play didn’t beat us.”

10. Stansbury’s team showed resiliency throughout the night. The Hilltoppers currently have only seven scholarship players available, and eight players were dressed on Wednesday night.

11. “I’m going to say this as nice as I can, again. I’m not going to put the blame on one play. But, as it turns out, it was an important play, it was an obvious play. If he’s out-of-bounds he’s an illegal screener, and he’s out-of-bounds. That’s just where that is. If it’s one of those plays, we’re supposed to go to the monitor last two minutes to look at things. To me, that’s an important thing to go to the monitor for. [The referees] said he couldn’t go. What else is more important for to go to the monitor for late in the game?”

12. Upon further review, at least on Twitter, it did not seem as if Stansbury had a gripe, although it was a very close play.

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13. The controversial ending will certainly overshadow some parts of the game. Wisconsin had multiple opportunities to thwart the comeback hopes of WKU. They held double-digit leads in both halves only to see the Hilltoppers come all the way back to either tie or take the lead. In the first half, Wisconsin was up 29-20 with 6:24 left. The Hilltoppers closed out the half on an 18-5 run to take a 38-34 lead into the locker room.

14. In the second half, the Badgers held a 65-54 lead with 9:08 remaining following a made free throw by forward Ethan Happ. Over the next 4:20 WKU went on a 17-6 run to tie the game 71-71 with 4:48 remaining. Wisconsin had the opportunity to make the end of the game rather uneventful, but lacked the killer instinct needed to do so. That’s something common among young teams, which Wisconsin certainly qualifies as.

15 .The Badgers had their best game of the season on the offensive end to date. They shot the ball incredibly well from the outside, knocking down 12-of-20 3-pointers on the evening. Pritzl and forward Aleem Ford combined to go 8-of-10 from behind the arc. Davison and guard T.J. Schlundt each hit two 3-pointers as well. When looking at the box score, this area jumps out as the clear reason as to why Wisconsin was able to come away victorious against WKU.

16. By shooting 60% from behind the arc Wisconsin was well above their season average in that area. They have been rather pedestrian from 3-point range throughout the season, entering the night shooting 33% as a team. Some say 3-point shooting is contagious and it definitely seemed that was for Wisconsin.

17. It’s very rare for a team to perform better from deep than at the free throw line, but that’s exactly what Wisconsin did. The Badgers finished the night 13-of-23 on free throws, which computes to 56.5%.

18. Happ was part of the reason the free throw percentage is that low. He finished the night 3-of-8 shooting at the free throw line. Happ finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and six assists for Wisconsin. He was 7-of-12 shooting from the floor.

19. Happ and Pritzl were the leading scorers for Wisconsin, they each had 17 points on the night. Davison chipped in 16 and Ford finished with 14 to push Wisconsin to four players in double-digits.

20. The Badgers are out of game action until December 23 when UW-Green Bay comes to Madison, Wis.

Marquette 82, Wisconsin 63: Last word

MADISON — Marquette got 47 points combined from guards Markus Howard and Andrew Rowsey on its way to a dominating 82-63 victory over a shorthanded Wisconsin team on Saturday at the Kohl Center.

Player of the Game: Rowsey

Saddled with foul trouble in the first half, the senior had 18 of his 24 points after the break. When the Badgers had trimmed the lead to 6 with 15:54 left, Rowsey went on a personal 8-2 run to push it back to double digits. Wisconsin had zero answer for Rowsey.

The good: Brad Davison

The freshman seems to play his best when the rest of the team is struggling and that was again the case on Saturday. Playing with a brace protecting an injured left shoulder, Davison scored a career-high 20 points, 11 of which came from the free throw line, and continued to throw his body around like he has all year. He played a team-high 38 minutes and was a driving force in keeping Wisconsin within striking distance until the final 10 minutes.

The not so good: Injuries

The injuries didn’t happen during the game, but they were certainly evident during it. Wisconsin learned late Friday morning that starting guard D’Mitrik Trice would be out indefinitely to undergo foot surgery, and then found out late Friday night that guard Kobe King will miss significant time with a knee injury. It left the Badgers without two key perimeter defenders on Saturday and leaves them extremely thin in the backcourt moving forward.

Stat of the game: 14 of 22

That was Marquette’s day from beyond the arc. It included Sam Hauser hitting 4 of 5 and Rowsey going 5 of 6. More than a couple of those were uncontested as the Badgers defense really struggled to close out on shooters.

What they said:

Ethan Happ was asked how the team can turn the season around:

“Stay together. That’s the biggest thing. We’ve had struggles my first two years playing here. That’s what we did. We just stayed together and kept fighting. Didn’t hang up the shoes. We’re going to keep doing that and keep playing.”

In Case You Missed It:

— T.J. Schlundt played a career-high 13 minutes, hitting the only 3-pointer he took. His father, Terrell, played for Marquette.

— Wisconsin honored six football players during a break in play, including running back Jonathan Taylor and linebacker T.J. Edwards.

— Most of the 2018 recruiting class for the Wisconsin football team was in attendance at the game as many took their official visit to Madison this weekend.

— Wisconsin’s top basketball target in 2020, forward Jalen Johnson (Sun Prairie, Wis.), attended the game.

What’s Next

Wisconsin (4-7) welcomes Western Kentucky (6-2) to the Kohl Center on Wednesday.

Badgers fall to Virginia 49-37

CHARLOTTLESVILLE | The Wisconsin men’s basketball team lost their fourth game in the past week on Monday night 49-37 to the Virginia Cavaliers. It was the team’s first road game of the year, and also their fourth game against a ranked opponent. They’re still winless when playing a ranked team.

The Cavaliers improve to 7-0 with the win. Guard Kyle Guy led the way for Virginia with 17 points on the night and guard Devon Hall added in 16 points as well to push Virginia to victory.

Wisconsin struggled offensively, shooting 31.3% (15-48) from the floor on the night. Forward Ethan Happ was the leading scorer for Wisconsin with 14 points. Guard D’Mitrik Trice was the only other Badger to reach double-figures, he had 10 points.

Freshman guard Brad Davison suffered an injury to his shoulder during the game for the second time this season. He injured his shoulder against Baylor last week but returned to the game. Davison injured the same shoulder during the second half against the Cavaliers, and he did return to the game. He finished with five points on the night.

Wisconsin is back in action on Saturday afternoon when they open up Big Ten play against Ohio State at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin’s Brad Davison named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week

MADISON — Wisconsin guar Brad Davison was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for the third week of the season, the conference announced on Monday. Davison shares the honor with Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr.

The Badgers played three games in the third week, going 1-2, but Davison averaged 15 points, 2.3 rebounds, and two steals per game. He came off the bench against No. 22 Baylor in the Hall of Fame Classic and scored 15 points. Following that game he was moved into the starting lineup for the following two contests.

In his first career start against UCLA he scored 14 points and added in a pair of rebounds and steals. The third game saw him post a career-high 19 points on seven-of-eight shooting against UW-Milwaukee.

This is the first time in Davison’s career he has been honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. The last Wisconsin basketball player to earn the honor was forward Ethan Haps on February 1, 2016.