Wisconsin 88, UW-Green Bay 70: Last word

MADISON — Wisconsin got 19 points from Nate Reuvers and five others scored in double figures to help the Badgers to a 88-70 win Thursday night over UW-Green Bay at the Kohl Center.

Player of the Game: Brad Davison

Despite an ankle injury that limited him to nine minutes in the second half, Davison finished with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. The junior has now scored in double figures in four of Wisconsin’s five games, and he’s hitting 53.8 percent from beyond the arc in his last three contests.

The good: D’Mitrik Trice

The junior filled the stat sheet Thursday night. He had 11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and just one turnover in 32 minutes. The assist number tied a career-high and his plus-minus of +21 was second on the team only to Davison’s +25.

The not so good: Second-half defense

The Badgers allowed Green Bay to shoot 53.3-percent in the second half and a lot of the baskets were around the rim. Coach Greg Gard said the Phoenix, with their small lineups, were able to confuse Wisconsin at times and speed them up to help force six turnovers. Green Bay had 41 points after the half, the most the Badgers have allowed in a single half this year.

Stat of the Game: 15-for-31

That was Wisconsin from the 3-point line on the night. For a second-straight game, seven different Badgers hit from the outside, including Davison and Trice hitting three each. The 15 are the fourth-most in a single game in UW history.

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What they said:

Prior to the game it was announced that junior Micah Potter’s final appeal to the NCAA was denied. It means he will miss the rest of the first semester and not be eligible to play until late December.

Gard was not happy about the decision and took the NCAA’s decision makers to task during his postgame press conference:

Audio courtesy of BadgerBlitz.com’s Jake Kocorowski

In Case You Missed It

— Trevor Anderson played his freshman season at UW-Green Bay before transferring to Wisconsin prior to last season. In his first game against his former team, the junior had three rebounds in nine minutes.

— Former Wisconsin forward Brian Butch is now working for the Big Ten Network. Thursday marked the first time he provided color commentary for a Badgers game at the Kohl Center.

What’s next?

Wisconsin (4-1) will head to Brooklyn to play in the Legends Classic next week. The Badgers first game will be against Richmond (3-0) on Tuesday. They will face Auburn or New Mexico in their second game.

The Camp: Nov. 18, 2019

On this week’s episode of The Camp, Zach Heilprin and Jesse Temple chat about the Nebraska game, debate Jonathan Taylor’s legacy, disagree on who will win the Big Ten West and answer your Twitter questions. 

5:22 — Does Taylor have any shot of earning an invite to the Heisman Trophy presentation? 

9:36 — What is Taylor’s legacy at Wisconsin? 

15:02 — Sold or not sold

1) Jonathan Taylor will hit the 2,000 yard mark

2) Wisconsin’s defense was overrated

3) Wisconsin will win the Big Ten West

30:05 — Best sound from the postgame media session 

38:42 — Twitter questions 

47:08 — Jesse recaps his regrettable decision to get a Runza 

The Swing: Nov. 19, 2019

On this week’s episode of The Swing, Zach Heilprin and Jesse Temple breakdown the win over Marquette, discuss the importance of Brevin Pritzl’s performance, talk about a more aggressive Aleem Ford and answer your Twitter questions. 

3:55 — The defensive effort to put the clamps on Markus Howard was overwhelming 

11:26 — Sold or not sold

13:26 — Wisconsin is much more difficult to guard this year

20:51 — Will the NCAA do the right thing and make Micah Potter eligible at some point before the first semester ends? 

25:03 — Twitter questions 

Two Wisconsin players earn Big Ten awards

Two Wisconsin players were honored for their efforts Saturday in the win at Nebraska.

For an eighth time in his career, Jonathan Taylor was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. He shared the award with Michigan quarterback Shae Patterson.

Taylor ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns against the Huskers, becoming the first player in school history to run for at least 200 yards against the same opponent three times. The junior is also the first FBS player in 25 years to do it.

The eight awards are the second-most behind three players — Ron Dayne, Denard Robinson and JT Barrett — in Big Ten history.

Also earning accolades for his performance was sophomore Aron Cruickshank. He was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. That came after he returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was his first career return for a score and the first by the Badgers since 2015.

Cruickshank shared the award with Chris Bergin from Northwestern.

Wisconsin 77, Marquette 61: Last word

MADISON — Wisconsin got six players in double figures on its way to a 77-61 win over Marquette in a battle of in-state rivals Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.

Player of the Game: Brevin Pritzl

The senior guard has had great scoring games before, and he’s had a game where he piled up a double-digit number of rebounds. But he had never done it in the same game. That was until he did it on Sunday against the Golden Eagles. Pritzl was a beast, scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Six of those rebounds came on the offensive end, helping the Badgers got 14 second-chance points on the day.

“Brevin’s ability to defend and really rebound got him feeling good about himself,” coach Greg Gard said. “Then, obviously, he was able to make shots.”

Pritzl was 3-for-4 from beyond the arc and 4 of 6 overall from the floor.

The good: 2nd half defense of Markus Howard

The All-American got his points in the first half, hitting 6 of 12 shots for 16 points. But after the break he came up nearly empty. Howard was 0-for-9 in the second half, finishing with just 18 points on the day.

Juniors D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison were the ones called on to guard him each time down the floor, but they pointed to the help they got in slowing the senior.

“It was a team effort. We know he’s a great, great scorer. He’s one of the best in college basketball, so we knew it was going to take all of us talking and locking in on defense,” Trice said. “Definitely shutting him down and holding him to 6-for-21 is obviously a big accomplishment.”

After shooting 50-percent combined in his first two games against the Badgers, Howard was held to just 26-percent (13 of 50) over the last two years.

The not so good: Foul trouble

For a second-straight game, the Badgers bigs were in foul trouble. Tyler Wahl played just six minutes but picked up four fouls. Aleem Ford was limited to 27 minutes, including just 10 in the second half as he struggled to stay away from fouls. Again, without having Micah Potter available right now, Wisconsin’s front court players have to be more aware and less aggressive.

Stat of the Game: 18-for-20

That was Wisconsin from the free throw line on Sunday. A year ago, the Badgers shot 64.8 percent from the line for the season. So far this year, they are at 81.7 percent.

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Brad Davison on what Brevin Pritzl gave them

“Energy, toughness, tenacity, putting his face on the ball, going to get it. Things that coach always preaches and our program has been built on. So he was kind of the epitome of that today. He was huge for us.”

In Case You Missed It

— 2020 signees Johnny and Jordan Davis were in attendance. The duo got a big ovation when they were shown on the video board.

— Several times during the game, the Wisconsin student section started chanting, “Where’s the Hausers?” in reference to Sam and Joey Hauser. The duo surprisingly transferred out of Marquette after last year. Many expected the Golden Eagles to be a top-10 team with the pair back. The Badgers were in the running to land them but Joey ended up at Michigan State and Sam at Virginia.

— The win gave the Badgers 300 at the Kohl Center. Their record since the building opened in 1998 is 300-51.

— Coach Greg Gard said afterwards that the teleconference hearing for Micah Potter with the NCAA will take place Thursday.

— Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski took time at the end of his press conference to address the tragedy involving assistant coach Howard Moore that rocked Wisconsin’s program in the offseason.

What’s next?

Wisconsin (3-1) will host UW-Green Bay (1-2) on Thursday night at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin falls in overtime to Notre Dame

BY: Mike Becker

MADISON-Looking for their second sweep of the season, the Wisconsin Badgers were not able to maintain a late game lead, and lost a see-saw battle in overtime to the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

After being shutout on Friday night, it took Notre Dame only 34 seconds to get on the board. Goalie Daniel Lebedeff could not corral a loose puck and the Fighting Irish were able to lift the puck over him and into the net for their first lead of the series. The Badgers were able to answer six minutes later when Dylan Holloway buried a one-timer on a cross ice feed from Linus junior Weissbach. Notre Dame did regain the lead just past the halfway point of the period, but Wisconsin was again able to answer. This time with Weissbach scoring the goal on an assist from junior Sean Dhooghe. At the end of a fast paced period the teams headed to the locker rooms tied 2-2.

The second period began with a much less frantic pace as both teams settled down and focused more on puck possession. The Fighting Irish took the lead for the third time of the night three and a half minutes into the period. That Notre Dame goal was the lone tally of the period and the Badgers headed into the locker room at intermission trailing 3-2.

Coach Tony Granato’s team came out in the third period with a sense of urgency. Captain Wyatt Kalnyuk tied the game just 31 seconds into the frame when he sent a wrist shot to the top shelf for his second goal of the season. Wisconsin was then able to take their first lead of the game with nine minutes remaining when freshman K’Andre Miller scored on the power play. Notre Dame answered, however, on a play very similar to their first goal. Lebedeff, again, was unable to locate and corral a loose puck and the Fighting Irish scored to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Early in the sudden death overtime frame freshman Cole Caufield found himself on a breakaway and was able to sneak the puck behind the Notre Dame goaltender. The puck worked its way towards the goal line tantalizingly slow and a Fighting Irish defenseman was able to sweep it away just inches before it could cross into the net. Notre Dame immediately found themselves on a fast break and scored the game winner 1:58 into overtime.

Wisconsin will hit the road and head to Minneapolis next weekend for a two game series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The puck drops both Friday and Saturday nights at 7 P.M.

Wisconsin’s Big Ten West hopes alive following Minnesota loss

Wisconsin’s Big Ten West hopes are alive.

Iowa took down unbeaten Minnesota 23-19 on Saturday afternoon. It dropped the Gophers to 6-1 in the conference, just one game in front of the 5-2 Badgers. It means if both teams win next week — Wisconsin hosts Purdue and Minnesota is at Northwestern — then the final game of the season in Minneapolis will be for the division title and berth in the Big Ten title game.

As you’d imagine, current and former Badgers, along with fans and media, were all talking about the outcome in Iowa City and took to Twitter to show it.

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(14) Wisconsin 37, Nebraska 21: 2-minute drill

LINCOLN, Neb. — No. 14 Wisconsin earned its seventh straight win over Nebraska with a 37-21 win at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Game Balls

Offense: Jonathan Taylor

His longest run was just 19 yards, but the junior found enough room to run for 204 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third time he’s put up at least 200 yards on Nebraska — the first time a Wisconsin back had done that against any opponent. Taylor’s most impressive runs were when there wasn’t a ton there, yet he found just enough daylight to get some momentum and then carried guys for extra yards.

Taylor now has 1,463 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns this season.

Defense: Zack Baun

Wisconsin’s defense had its second-worst effort of the season by giving up 493 yards and a lot of big chunk plays. But the senior outside linebacker made several significant plays in key situations, including the second of three fourth down stops.

The Badgers led by 13 early in the fourth quarter when the Huskers faced a fourth-and-4. After not seeing anyone open initially, quarterback Adrian Martinez attempted to scramble for a first down, but Baun had been spying him the whole way. Martinez tried a little shake and bake but Baun wasn’t fazed. He stood his ground and dropped the quarterback two yards short.

Baun finished the day with four tackles, two sacks and a pass breakup.

Special Teams: Aron Cruickshank

Cruickshank had been so close this season to breaking a long return and he finally was able to breakthrough. After Nebraska took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the sophomore returned the ensuing kick 89 yards for a score. Only two guys had a chance at him after he got through the line initially — the kicker and one other guy. Neither was able to get him on the ground. It was a big time answer by the Badgers special teams.

Best tweets

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Best quotes

Cruickshank on getting past the kicker on his kick return for a score

“They led me in there and I just had to beat the kicker. That’s one job you have to do.”

Chris Orr on watching Taylor run the ball:

“You want to hurry up and keeping giving him the ball. You just see him not getting stopped. You see him breaking tackles, carrying people. Looking at the defense get up, hands on their hips, heads down, somebody might be rolling their shoulder a little bit. I’m like, ‘yeah, keep feeding him.’ When we go out there on defense we’re trying to hurry up and get the ball right back to him because that’s demoralizing.”

In Case You Missed It

— Safeties Reggie Pearson (arm) and Eric Burrell (arm) were both injured in the first half. They both eventually returned.

— Lincoln-native Bryson Williams did not play due to injury but the Big Ten did allow him to travel and not count against the roster limit imposed for road game.

— With the win, the Badgers held onto the Freedom Trophy. They have won all six games since the trophy was first introduced in 2014.

Inside the Numbers

10 — That’s how many sacks Chris Orr has this season. It’s tied for the 8th-most in school history.

5,634 — That’s how many yards Taylor has run for in his career. It’s the second-most in Big Ten history and the most by any running back in his first three seasons.

2,533 — That’s how many yards Wisconsin has run for during its seven-game winning streak over Nebraska. That amounts to 361.9 yards per game and an average of 8.0 yards per carry.

273 — That’s how many yards rushing Nebraska had on the ground. It’s the first time since 2012 that the Huskers have topped 200 yards against Wisconsin.

482 — That’s how many yards Wisconsin had, 11 fewer than Nebraska. It’s the first time they’ve been out-gained and won a game since beating Michigan State in 2016

What’s Next

Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2) will host Purdue (4-6, 3-4) in its home finale next Saturday.

Wisconsin hockey hands Notre Dame its first loss of the year

BY: Mike Becker

MADISON — The Wisconsin hockey team pulled the biggest upset of Friday night when the Badgers handed Notre Dame its first loss of the season by a score of 3-0 at the Kohl Center.

Coach Tony Granato’s club came out flying in the first period, bombarding the net with shot after shot. They outshot the Fighting Irish 16-5 in the frame. All that activity paid off 12 minutes into the period, as freshman Cole Caufield found the back of the net for a nation-leading ninth time this season. It allowed Wisconsin to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The two teams played a very even second period with most of the play coming in the neutral zone. Wisconsin tallied their second power play goal of the evening at the 12-minute mark when sophomore Roman Ahcan buried a rebound after an Alex Turcotte slap shot from the blue line. Turcotte was credited with an assist and had two helpers on the evening.

The Badgers entered the third period trying to protect a two-goal lead and maintain a shutout. Wisconsin dominated the period and completely stifled Notre Dame. Junior Linus Weissbach provided the dagger with an empty net goal with 2:40 left in the game. The Badgers outshot the Fighting Irish 35-22 on the night and goalie Daniel Lebedeff earned his second career shutout.

Wisconsin will be looking for a sweep as the two teams face off again Saturday night at the Kohl Center with the puck dropping at 7 p.m.

The Swing: Nov. 14, 2019

On this week’s episode of The Swing, Zach Heilprin and Jesse Temple look back at Wisconsin’s two wins, talk about the latest recruiting haul, discuss Badgers/Marquette and answer your Twitter questions. 

:57 — Walt Frickin McGrory 

5:00 — That second half shooting effort has to be encouraging 

9:51 — Sold or not sold

20:24 — Which is the better team? Marquette or Wisconsin? Which program has the brighter future? 

31:48 — Twitter questions