BuckyCap: Badgers’ Big Run Carries Them Past Ohio State
Wisconsin Badgers welcomed the 2000 Final Four team back to Madison to celebrate what they did 20 years ago. Badgers paid tribute to the 2000 team by getting off to a slow start, and it appeared this game was heading for the winner scoring 60 or fewer points. Then, Wisconsin got red hot and went on a crazy run to be up by double-digits against Ohio State. They led by 18 at halftime, and that lead was far too much for Ohio State to overcome in the second half. Badgers win 70-57 as they continue to add to their resume.
Player of the Game: Brevin Pritzl – He went absolutely off in the first half. Pritzl scored 19 points leading all scorers and made five threes. Pritzl helped the run for Wisconsin in the first half. We do not always see this from the Badgers senior, but when he gets hot, lookout. He has had such a weird career in Wisconsin. The guard should have been better during his college career, but there is always these type of games in him. If he can contribute two to four threes per game, Badgers will be very tough.
Honorable Mention: Aleem Ford – Wisconsin received strong contributions from another role player. Ford finished with 10 points, nine rebounds as he showed out again versus a tough opponent. Ford hit a couple of key threes and pulled down four offensive rebounds. Since Kobe King departed from the team, Ford became an offensive threat with three of the last four scoring double-digits.
One Thing to Like: Wisconsin’s balanced attack – If the Badgers want to be successful for the remainder of the year, this is the type of team they’re going to need regularly. All parts of the Badgers contributed to this one, and they did not rely on one option. Wisconsin spread out their scoring, rebounding and passing versus one player being the key cog for each category.
Next up: Wisconsin gets a week off which is huge late in the season before they head to Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday. Cornhuskers are not good, but they do play in a tough environment. Wisconsin can ill-afford to get tripped up in Lincoln. The thing that scares you a bit is the Cornhuskers have lost eight straight games and likely will be hungry for a win when they take on Wisconsin on Saturday.