Wisconsin Basketball’s five-game winning streak came to an end Friday night with a 64-60 road loss to Rutgers. It was an ugly, sloppy game that was close the whole way. With two minutes to go in the game, a Brad Davison three-pointer tied the game at 53. Rutgers guard Corey Sanders then proceeded to go on his own personal 6-0 run to put the game out of reach.
The Badgers were led by freshman guard Brad Davison. He had 13 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Nate Reuvers and Ethan Happ tacked on 10 points apiece. Next, Wisconsin will continue its road trip in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 9th.
- Despite notching a double-double, Ethan Happ had arguably the worst game of his career. He was awful from start to finish. He shot 4/10 from the field, 2/5 from the free throw line, and turned the ball over seven times. With five minutes to go, he missed a wide open lay-up that would have cut the Rutgers lead to two-points. Wisconsin isn’t going to win many games when Happ plays like a Division-3 player.
- That loss likely closes the door on Wisconsin’s NCAA Tournament hopes, however slim they were. The Badgers needed to get to at least 20 total wins to be on the bubble, which was already an uphill battle. Now, it will take a miracle to get there. That’s okay though. All streaks have to end sometime (except the Wisconsin’s axe streak, which I’m convinced will last forever). This is a young, injury ridden team with a bright future. They now need to hope to make the NIT and build some momentum and confidence heading into next season.
- Nate Reuvers looks like he is going to be a star for the Badgers down the road. In his second career start, he recorded 10 points and 3 blocks. He is extremely skilled, with good length and a soft touch around the basket. He also is tough and scrappy. He’s willing to bang and battle against bigger players for rebounds despite being extremely skinny. After he spends some time in the weight room, Reuvers has the potential to be the next in a long line of really good big men for Wisconsin.
Brad Davison: B
He was the clear, unquestioned leader down the stretch. However, he turned the ball over five times.
Aleem Ford: C-
He had some defense break downs and needs to be more aggressive on offense.
Khalil Iverson: B
He had a quiet, efficient eight points, but didn’t contribute in any other category.
Nate Reuvers: B+
He missed some shots around the hoop and scored 10 points and locked three shots.
Ethan Happ: D
This was easily the worst game of his career, but he still put up 10 and 10.
Brevin Pritzl: A
He recorded 13 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals off the bench. He has been playing really well lately.
Aaron Moesch: B-
Moesch’s role is to play defense and take up space without making many mistakes. He did that today.