NCAAB Game Recap - Northwestern at Wisconsin
Wed Mar 4, 2020 9:00 PM EST

StFNY
58
RobM
59
F
TCU
66
Kansas
75
F
Bry
61
StFPA
87
F
MtStM
59
SacHr
61
F
Dayt
84
URI
57
F
FaDi
72
LongI
73
F
MorSt
67
TNSt
74
F(OT)
Wyo
80
ColSt
74
F
JacSt
61
E IL
67
F
SJSU
66
NM
79
F
FlaSt
73
ND
71
F
AF
77
Fres
70
F
Vill
79
Seton
77
F
GTown
76
Crei
91
F
TexAM
78
Aub
75
F
UVA
46
Mia-FL
44
F
NW
48
Wisc
63
F
Xav
74
Prov
80
F
TexSA
59
OlDom
84
F
N TX
43
Charl
56
F
FlAtl
82
Marsh
94
F
Tuls
61
Temp
51
F
SMU
58
UCF
61
F
Ford
63
GrgWas
52
F
StJon
55
Butl
77
F
LSU
90
Ark
99
F
Clem
58
VaTec
70
F
StJos
73
StBon
89
F
Niag
55
Sien
77
F
Manh
59
Rider
71
F
Fairf
45
Monm
69
F
Canis
85
Maris
69
F
UMass
75
LaSal
64
F
Quin
69
Iona
68
F
Minn
67
Ind
72
F
Fla
68
UGA
54
F
StLou
69
GMas
57
F
UTEP
60
MidTN
56
F
FlInt
73
LaTec
76
F
NOrl
73
NWSt
95
F
Rice
72
SoMis
57
F
HBU
88
InWor
76
F
SamH
60
TXAMC
71
F
CenAR
65
SeLA
69
F
McNee
56
Nich
80
F
KansSt
63
OkSt
69
F
Pitt
57
GaTec
73
F
Mizzu
67
Miss
75
F
CSNor
72
UCIrv
70
F

Mar 4, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Northwestern (7-22)

28

20

48

(24) Wisconsin (20-10)

34

29

63

No. 24 Wisconsin beats Northwestern 63-48, moves into 1st
Thu Mar 5, 2020 12:18 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) No. 24 Wisconsin will have a shot to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title. The Badgers just need to tighten up a few things to improve their chances.

Nate Reuvers scored 11 points and Wisconsin struggled through a 63-48 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night, moving into a three way-tie for first place in the conference.

"We're not done yet," guard D'Mitrik Trice said. "We've got one more to go."

The Badgers (20-10, 13-6 Big Ten) play at Indiana on Saturday.

They have work to do after shooting just 39% against the 12th-worst defense in the conference.

Neither team exactly put on an offensive show. The Badgers found a way in the second half to put things together and pull away.

Northwestern (7-22, 2-17) dug itself two holes, only finding its way out of one.

The Wildcats, who shoot 42% from the field on average, started the game 1 for 10 with five turnovers in the first nine minutes. But after trailing by 17 points with 5:48 left, Northwestern cut the Wisconsin lead to 32-28 just before half.

The Wildcats' offensive woes resurfaced after the break as they started 1 for 12 and fell behind 48-33 with 8:51 left.

Pete Nance led Northwestern with 14 points.

Wildcats coach Chris Collins said his struggled to knock down shots, even when they got good looks. At one point in the first half, they had well-executed plays that resulted in open shots that they missed.

Collins said the most frustrating thing was Northwestern wasn't able to take advantage of the opportunity they gave themselves by largely keeping Wisconsin's offense in check.

The Badgers had averaged 75 points a game over their six straight wins coming into the game.

"I thought our defense did enough," Collins said. "It was just our inability to score to keep us within striking distance."

The Badgers rely heavily on the 3-point shot, averaging nearly nine a game and shooting 35% from the arc. They made the first 3-pointer they took on consecutive possessions to start the game. From there, Wisconsin made 5 of their next 22.

"We'd love to always hit our shots," Wisconsin guard Brad Davison said. "But when it comes down to it, if you play both ends of the floor, you can win from both ends of the floor."

NO. 100

The win was Wisconsin coach Greg Gard's 100th, improving his record to 100-57 since taking over midway through the 2015-16 season from former coach Bo Ryan.

"I'm just happy for all the people who have been a part of it," Gard said. "I haven't done this by myself."

SENIORS

Wisconsin's final home game of the season was a special night for two seniors, including one who started his career with the Badgers more than 25 years ago.

Former player Rashard Griffin left Wisconsin after his sophomore season in 1995 to turn pro and later returned to the university and graduated. He was accompanied during the festivities by the parents of Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore, who was Griffin's teammate and has been on leave this season recovering from a May car crash that killed his wife and daughter.

Meanwhile, Michael Ballard, who had played nine minutes all season coming in, was played in the final minute of play. He drove through several Northwestern defenders in the closing seconds for a layup, even though teammate Brevin Pritzl said it was a "blatant" travel that the refs let go.

"He got his name in the scorebook, so that's all that matters," Pritzl said.

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern: The season has been a struggle for the Wildcats. They showed fight at times, but lacked any kind of offensive attack to give them a chance at the upset.

Wisconsin: The Badgers have gone from a 5-5 start in December to a three-way tie for first in the Big Ten, joining Maryland and Michigan State with one game to play in the regular season.

UP NEXT

Northwestern: Hosts Penn State on Saturday.

Wisconsin: Travels to Indiana on Saturday.

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Leaders

Northwestern PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Malnati 0 0 0 0 0 0
P. Nance 14 0 2 7 0 2
Wisconsin PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
W. McGrory 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Reuvers 11 0 0 4 1 0

Team Comparison

NW Wisc
Points For 48 63
Field Goals 17/54-31% 23/59-39%
Three Pointers 3/15-20% 8/25-32%
Free Throws 11/15-73% 9/12-75%
Offensive Rebounds 6 8
Defensive Rebounds 30 33
Rebounds 41 44
Blocks 5 3
Steals 2 2
Turnovers 11 8
Personal Fouls 17 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Wisc Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Mar 4 NW 48 @ Wisc 63 B. Buie 2 T. Wahl 2

Game Information

Stadium: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Attendance: 16,897
Game Time: