Wisconsin’s two games in Brooklyn this week went as bad as they could have.
A day after falling to Richmond in the semifinals of the Legends Classic, the Badgers followed it up with a 59-50 loss to New Mexico in the consolation game.
The issues that burned the Badgers on Monday — turnovers and shooting — were once again a problem. Wisconsin shot 34-percent (18 of 53), including an ugly 2-for-26 (7.7 %) from three-point range. It’s UW’s worst shooting effort from beyond the arc since the 2003 season opener against Penn where they also shot 7.7-percent. The two days in Brooklyn, UW shot 9-for-53 (17%) from three.
When you shoot that poorly, you can’t give teams more opportunities. But that’s exactly what UW did. They had 14 turnovers, Nate Reuvers and Aleem Ford combined for nine of them. The sloppiness comes after UW finished with the fifth fewest turnovers in the country last season.
Reuvers, who fouled out, finished with a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds, while D’Mitrik Trice had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Brad Davison, who scored in double figures in four of the first five games of the season, was held to seven points combined in the two games in Brooklyn.
New Mexico had four players score in double figures with Jaquan Lyles scoring 14 leading the way.
The loss drops Wisconsin to 4-3 on the season. The Badgers are in action on next Wednesday, December 4, when they play in Raleigh against NC State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip-off is set for 8:15 pm (CT). The game will be televised on ESPNU.