Badgers International trip ends with a win

The Wisconsin Badgers basketball team  ended their five game trip Down Under yesterday with a 83-71 win against the Sydney Kings.

The Badgers were led by in-coming freshman Brad Davidson, who scored 23 points went 2-4 from behind the arc, and was a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. Preseason All-American Ethan Happ added 15 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals.

The Badgers trailed 55-50 in the third quarter before Davidson would help start two separate Wisconsin runs. He scored eight straight points for the Badgers by connecting on two straight three pointers and a layup.

He also was able to get his teammates involved throughout the second half. The Badgers grabbed a 59-57 lead late in the third quarter and never looked back.

The Badgers shot the ball 8-20 from three, good enough for 40% shooting from behind the arc. The team also shot well from the free throw line going 15-18. Wisconsin had an edge on the glass, out-rebounding the Kings 36-24, including 10 more offensive rebounds.

The Badgers concluded their trip Down Under going 4-1 and finding a lot out about their team. The Badgers started all five games with a different lineup, and had a different leading scorer every game. Ethan Happ never led the Badgers in scoring, which speaks volumes about the depth of the team.

The three Badgers freshman also proved that they can play at a high level. Brad Davidson, Nate Reuvers, and Kobe King all played well during the five exhibition games. Not only does Wisconsin have talented in-coming freshman, but they also have an abundance of depth.

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Big Ten releases 2017-’18 basketball schedule

We knew the teams that Wisconsin would face this winter on the court. Now we know the order and the day. That’s after the Big Ten released the full conference schedule Wednesday afternoon.

Thanks to the conference tournament moving up a week to accommodate its move to New York and Madison Square Garden, the Badgers will open up the Big Ten season on Dec. 2 at home against Ohio State. Two nights later they’ll be at Penn State. Then it’ll be back to the non-conference portion of their schedule with a trip to Temple on Dec. 6.

Wisconsin will pick Big Ten play back up on Jan. 2 against Indiana at home. That will be followed by five road games over the next six contests, with trips to Purdue, Iowa and Michigan State all on the docket.

Following that stretch, the Badgers will close by playing six of their final nine games at the Kohl Center, highlighted by games against Michigan (Feb. 11), Purdue (Feb. 15), Minnesota (Feb. 19) and Michigan State (Feb. 25).

The full schedule is below: