No. 4 Wisconsin has cruised past visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Eastern Illinois in its first two games this season, and barring a sizable upset by youthful Green Bay on Tuesday afternoon, the Badgers figure to be in good shape at home again. Unable to complete its usual run of preseason practices and scrimmages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin coach Greg Gard has relished the chance to use early-season games for teaching and development. "I think it's helped in some regards," Gard said.
Seventh-ranked Wisconsin was too tall – and too everything else – for outmanned Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Micah Potter scored 19 points and D’Mitrik Trice added 15 as Wisconsin used its size advantage to overwhelm the Golden Lions 92-58 in a non-conference game on Friday night. Wisconsin (2-0) scored the first 25 points of the game, hitting 10 of its first 13 shots, before Kshun Stokes scored on a floater from the lane for the Golden Lions with 10:05 left in the first half.
Wisconsin big man Nate Reuvers posed all sorts of problems for Eastern Illinois, which had no way to replicate him in practice. Panthers coach Jay Spoonhour doesn't exactly have a roster full of 6-foot-11 players who can score inside and out, rebound and block shots. Reuvers did all three Wednesday night as the seventh-ranked Badgers began their season with a 77-67 victory over Eastern Illinois.