The 13th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers held off a late flurry by the Rhode Island Rams to get the victory, 73-62, inside the Kohl Center. UW improves to 4-1 on the season.
Brad Davison had a great game. He outscored the Rams alone in the first half, 17-16. Davison finished with 23 points and he went 12-for-12 at the free throw line. He’s just the 11th player in UW history to go 12-for-12 or better from the line.
Wisconsin’s defense in the first half was outstanding, holding Rhode Island to 16 points on 25.9 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes. David Cox, in his third year at the helm of the Rhode Island Rams, said the Badgers were the best defensive team they’d face this year or last.
Wisconsin did have some sluggish play in the second half. Untimely turnovers, struggling to score at times and unnecessary fouls allowed Rhode Island to get back into the game. This isn’t the first time this season that UW has looked a little sluggish in the second half of a game. The lack of consistency from a veteran team shouldn’t be an issue head coach Greg Gard has to deal with, but he is.
Nate Reuvers had three blocks on the night which made him the all-time blocks leader in program history with 157 career blocks.
UW was supposed to play Louisville today, but due to covid-19 issues with Louisville, that game got postponed at the schools are working on figuring out a date to play the game.
The next opponent for UW? The Badgers will play somebody at some point.