The Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-8, 11-7 Big Ten) will look to snap their streak of five consecutive losses to ranked opponents as the Badgers welcome fifth-ranked Illinois (16-6, 12-4) to Madison Saturday. The Badgers enter Saturday’s contest coming off an impressive win last Sunday against faltering Northwestern (6-14, 3-13). Senior forward Micah Potter impressed in Wisconsin’s 68-51 victory.
The No. Wisconsin Badgers bench has been a little shorter than usual for the past two games as senior backup point guard Trevor Anderson has missed both contests with an upper body injury. During media availability on Wednesday, Gard noted that Anderson is basically day-to-day currently: “He (Anderson) did some non-contact stuff today.
Trailing by nine after the first half, Iowa opened up a 16 point lead early in the second half and it appeared like the Hawkeyes would run away with a win. To their credit, Wisconsin fought back behind a needed scoring outburst from Brad Davison, who finished with 15 points on five threes. The Badgers whittled the lead down to just four with nine minutes to play, but they could draw no closer as the Hawkeyes stayed hot from beyond the arc and Garza remained a force from everywhere.