Wisconsin Badgers beat Rutgers 79-71

The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights today, 79-71, at the Kohl Center for UW’s fourth consecutive victory.

Micah Potter had a great game this afternoon, coming off a scoreless game against Purdue. Potter had a team-high 18 points, shooting 4-for-5 from 3-point range, Potter also had 9 rebounds.

Potter has a chance that no other rotation player has done in school history — shoot 50+ percent from the floor, 40+ percent from 3-point range, and 90+ percent at the foul line. He may fall short of the necessary attempts, but he currently is shooting 52.7 percent from the floor, 45.7 percent from beyond the arc and 93.5 percent from the free throw line.

Brevin Pritzl scored 17 points today, making it the fourth time in the last six games he’s been in double figures. The Badgers are now 10-0 when Brevin scores in double figures. The thing I loved about Pritzl today was his aggressiveness.

The quickness for Rutgers gave the Badgers defense fits at times. UW led by 13 with 4:14 remaining and Rutgers got to within 5 points, but the Badgers were once again strong at the free throw line to finish the job.

“This group has mentally toughed up and responded and matured,” UW head coach Greg Gard said. “I’m proud of them. This group has come through more than any I’ve been around in 30 years of coaching in terms of the outside things they’ve had to overcome and thrown their way.”

Brad Davison scored his 1,000th career point late in the second half today.

With the victory today, the Badgers are now in a 4-way tie for second place in the Big Ten, two games back of Maryland for first place.

The Badgers (17-10, 10-6) travel to Ann Arbor to play Michigan (18-9, 9-7) on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM (CT) and will be aired on ESPN2.

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