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Badgers can’t hang on as Huskers sweep season series

Wisconsin goes cold after building a 12-point lead, losses to Nebraska for the first time ever at the Kohl Center.

The Wisconsin Badgers only have themselves to blame for this one, as they let a 12-point lead slip away in the second half en route to a 74-63 loss to the Huskers.

Nebraska swept the season series, earned its first win at the Kohl Center as a member of the Big Ten and snapped Wisconsin’s six-game win streak at the Kohl Center in the process.

That all happened without two of the Huskers biggest scoring threats even scoring a single point. Both Isaiah Roby and Anton Gill failed to score and combined to go 0-6 from the field.

James Palmer Jr. more than made up for it though, pouring in a game-high 28 points on just 8 of 19 shooting. He was an impressive 11 of 12 from the free throw line though.

The Huskers also won despite putting the Badgers on the line 31 times. Wisconsin only hit 16 of those 31 free throw attempts and suffered a 6-minute drought between made field goals to end the game.

Ethan Happ had one of his best overall nights, and it still wasn’t enough. He poured in 25 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks.

Just how good was Happ’s night? It included his first career made three-pointer, that’s how good. He also could’ve had an even bigger night if he could’ve been more efficient from the free throw line, but he went just 8 of 19 from the charity stripe in the loss.

However the overall effort was all for naught, as the Badgers found a way to energize the opposition following one of the best moments of the game for UW.

Wisconsin got its biggest lead of the game in the most emphatic of ways, as Khalil Iverson used the baseline as his friend for a reverse dunk.

Iverson’s dunk put the Badgers up 56-44 and seemingly turning this game in to a blowout at home against the 4th place Huskers. But, that lead didn’t last long and Nebraska used a 20-3 run to take a 64-58 lead with 1:55 to play.

Wisconsin had no answer, going over 4 minutes without scoring any points while Nebraska lived at the free throw line. It took a made free throw by Iverson to break that streak, but he missed a chance at the rim to erase a nearly 5-minute field goal drought.

Meanwhile the Huskers continued to get free points at the free throw line and extended their lead to 65-59 with just over a minute to play.

The Badgers just couldn’t find a bucket and ended the game on a 6:13 scoring drought for the loss.

Wisconsin will take on the equally struggling Northwestern Wildcats at the Kohl Center on Thursday. Tip is scheduled for 7:30pm CT and can be seen on FS1.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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