The Badgers opened B1G play with a commanding victory over the previously undefeated Indiana Hoosiers, 84-64. Kobe King and Nate Reuvers both had impressive shooting nights as Wisconsin left their shooting woes from last week behind and turned in their best shooting game of the season.
Wisconsin’s hot shooting started right from the tip off, as an early three-point shooting flurry made a 14-0 run that helped open a 19-4 lead with 13:31 remaining in the first half. The Badger defense also had a lot of success early, keeping the ball out of the paint and forcing difficult shots and turnovers.
With 4:29 remaining in the first half, a Kobe King layup sparked the final scoring avalanche for the Badgers. In the remaining four minutes of the half, Wisconsin totaled 17 points to solidify a 20 point halftime lead.
“Our team was literally pleading with one another in the four minute timeouts,” Indiana coach Archie Miller said after the game. “We were searching for that breakout moment there early to get ourselves with our two feet back on the ground, and everyone to say ‘okay we’re fine, we’re okay,’ we never really got there.”
The second half was rather uneventful, as the Badgers comfortable maintained their lead throughout the twenty minutes. Wisconsin comfortably cruised to its first conference win of the season thanks to their best shooting half of the season, 84-64.
This impressive shooting performance helped snap a three game losing streak in which they shot uncharacteristically poorly. During their loses, all of which came on the road in the Legends Classic, the Badgers shot just 35% from the field and 18% from behind the arch. Saturday’s performance broke free of their recent shooting struggles.
“[We overcame it by] just staying together,” King said. “[We] always just kind of feeding that confidence back to each other. Negativity sometimes can just bring down a group and I think we were all just positive the last few days and I think that’s a big reason we were so good offensively today.”
Wisconsin look to continue their hot shooting, this time on the road, at Rutgers on Wednesday.