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Wisconsin hands #2 Maryland first ever Big Ten home loss, 70-57


Wisconsin rolled into College Park on a mission, and left with a huge résumé-building win on the road against #2 Maryland, 70-57.

Led by another huge game from Vitto Brown, who set a new career-high with 21 points as well as 7 rebounds, Wisconsin took care of business. Bronson Koenig (16 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists) and Nigel Hayes (14 points, 6 rebounds) also combined for 30 points, as the Badgers went 12-26 from three.

In the first half, the Badgers played their best half of basketball of the season. Limiting Maryland to 21 points, tied for the fewest they’ve scored at home in 14 years, Wisconsin led 36-21 going into halftime. In a half of runs, the Badgers went on a 17-0 run over an 8-minute period.

Despite foul trouble for Ethan Happ and Zak Showalter, the Badgers collectively beat out one of America’s best teams from incredible defense. Maryland shot 40% from the field and was held to only 57 points, their lowest point total of the season. Khalil Iverson in particular was exceptional on Melo Trimble, who only had 10 points on 1-14 shooting.

There was quite the drama at the end of the first half, when Diamond Stone, a Wisconsin native, hit Vitto Brown’s head on the ground. Charlie Thomas, a Maryland native, reacted to defend his teammate, and both Stone and Thomas were given technical fouls.

Wisconsin has now won seven straight games, and will head to East Lansing on the road Thursday night at 8 PM CT for another tough contest.

Photo by Rob Carr / Getty Images.