Wisconsin Badgers Suffer Back-to-Back Losses in Football, Volleyball, and Basketball
It has been a challenging few days for Wisconsin Badgers fans as they witnessed their beloved team suffer consecutive losses in football, volleyball, and basketball. The Badgers’ recent defeat came at the hands of the Providence Friars, resulting in a disappointing 72-59 loss.
The Badgers’ basketball team now holds a 1-2 record for the season, struggling to find their rhythm on both ends of the court. Despite the final score appearing relatively close, the Badgers faced difficulties throughout the game.
In the first half, the team struggled to find their offensive groove, scoring a mere 21 points on a disappointing 26 percent shooting. The only bright spot in the first half was John Blackwell, who contributed nine points on an efficient 4/6 shooting.
Here are three key takeaways from the Badgers’ loss to Providence:
The Badgers’ lack of aggressiveness was evident in their performance against Tennessee last weekend, and it continued to plague them in the game against Providence. They struggled to convert layups, shooting just 7/20 near the rim. In contrast, Providence capitalized on their opportunities inside the arc, shooting an impressive 70 percent. The Badgers need to strike a balance between aggressiveness and finding scoring opportunities near the rim.
The Badgers’ fouling issues persisted in their game against Providence, committing a season-high 23 fouls. This follows their previous games against Arkansas State and Tennessee, where they recorded 21 and 22 fouls, respectively. Wisconsin’s physicality levels have been subpar this season, resulting in an imbalance between their defensive efforts and fouling. While Providence did not fully exploit their free throw opportunities, hitting only 16/27, the Badgers cannot afford to consistently put their top players in foul trouble.
3. John Blackwell:
Guard John Blackwell emerged as the standout player for the Badgers in the first half, contributing nine points, four rebounds, and a forced turnover. Blackwell’s performance has been a positive sign for a team in need of depth. He played a significant 25 minutes in the game, surpassing even Max Klesmit, who saw limited action due to foul trouble. The distribution of minutes between Blackwell and Connor Essegian, who played only six minutes, is an intriguing aspect to monitor. Blackwell’s impressive play has caught the attention of head coach Greg Gard.
The Wisconsin Badgers now face the challenge of regrouping and finding their stride after a series of disappointing losses. With adjustments in aggressiveness, foul management, and the emergence of players like John Blackwell, the Badgers have the potential to turn their season around.