What was supposed to be a game that showed how well the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team can compete against a higher-quality opponent after two one-sided victories over unbeatable teams to kick off the season, ending Monday’s defeat that ended Badgers’ 23rd game. non-conference winning streak.
Providence, ranked 77th in the Kempom.com rankings, beat the Badgers 63-58 at the Kohl Center.
The Badgers (2: 1) are left without top scorer Johnny Davis and junior defender Yahkobi Nita due to injury. A source told the State Journal that Davis, watching from a bench in streetwear, injured his heel during the first half of Friday’s victory over UW-Green Bay. He is everyday.
The UW had to rely on less experienced players like Carter Gilmore and Lorne Bowman to fill in the gaps. The Badgers played against the Monks only eight people (3: 0).
Nate Watson, a Providence alumnus, finished with 24 points on an 11-of-15 shot and led the Monks.
The Badgers lagged 34-23 at half-time and never led the second half. The UW got together to score nearly three points with 01.1 seconds left in the game, but by then it was too late.
“We dug ourselves too hard in the first half, obviously with some second chances and some losses that also resulted in fouls,” said UW coach Greg Gard. “It was a double hit with some of those live ball passes. I’ve always liked the competition and resilience of this group. Now we have to keep cleaning and improving some of these areas and obviously being a little cleaner offensively. “