Wisconsin basketball plays against UW-Milwaukee on Friday, Nov. 24. The game starts at 8 p.m. CT. Stay here for score, stats and box score from the game below.
Wisconsin-UW-Milwaukee basketball score: Recap
Wisconsin 71, Milwaukee 49 (FINAL): Wisconsin used an 11-2 run early in the second half to help put away the game. Four players scored in double figures for the Badgers: Brad Davison (19 points), Ethan Happ (14 points), Brevin Pritzl (12 points) and D’Mitrik Trice (10 points). Overall, this was a solid bounce back performance for Wisconsin after it lost three straight games to ranked teams.
Wisconsin 66, Milwaukee 45 (2:09, 2nd): Brad Davison drills his fifth 3-pointer of the game, and he leads all scorers with 19 points. He has been simply tremendous to start his Wisconsin career, unfazed by the pressure-packed moments on a big stage. Badgers fans are going to love cheering for him.
Wisconsin 52, Milwaukee 35 (7:55, 2nd): Wisconsin is on its way to pulling away for a relatively easy victory. Three Badgers players have now scored in double figures: Ethan Happ (12 points), D’Mitrik Trice (10 points) and Brad Davison (10 points). Brevin Pritzl has 9 points. Trice left the court with Wisconsin’s team trainer after appearing to injure his right arm while playing defense. We’ll have to see how severe the injury is for Trice.
Wisconsin 44, Milwaukee 29 (11:33, 2nd): Aleem Ford has quietly put together a nice game even without scoring. He has 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 17 minutes. Wisconsin desperately needs some type of production in the frontcourt to help Ethan Happ, and Ford appears to be the Badgers’ best bet there. Nate Reuvers is now 0 for 6 from the field in 8 minutes off the bench. D’Mitrik Trice, Brevin Pritzl and Brad Davison all have 7 points. Happ has 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Wisconsin 39, Milwaukee 25 (14:51, 2nd): Kobe King buries a long 3-pointer as the shot clock expires, and the Badgers are pulling away. Wisconsin opened the second half on an 11-2 run. Ethan Happ is up to 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Wisconsin 28, Milwaukee 23 (Halftime): That was not Wisconsin’s most inspiring half of basketball, but the Badgers take a 5-point lead into the locker room. Ethan Happ has 8 points and 6 rebounds, Brad Davison has 5 points, Brevin Pritzl 5 points, and D’Mitrik Trice 4 points. Nate Reuvers missed all 5 of his first-half field goal attempts. He has 3 rebounds and 2 assists. We did not see Charlie Thomas and Alex Illikainen at all during the first half.
Wisconsin 21, Milwaukee 21 (3:35, 1st): Andy Van Vliet makes his first appearance and is headed to the free throw line after the media timeout. Nate Reuvers definitely looks like a freshman playing his first college game. He has missed all 4 of his field goal attempts but has 3 rebounds. Brevin Pritzl has gotten plenty of playing time in the first half with Brad Davison saddled with two fouls. But Pritzl is 0 for 3 from the field and has missed both of his 3-point attempts.
Wisconsin 19, Milwaukee 19 (6:09, 1st): Ethan Happ leads with Badgers with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Wisconsin looks like a team that’s still trying to figure out how to fill all its roles. With four freshmen now in the playing rotation, it could be some time before the Badgers are fully comfortable. But this is a big game for Wisconsin, which is trying to snap a three-game losing skid.
Wisconsin 11, Milwaukee 10 (11:45, 1st): Wisconsin officially burns the redshirt of freshman center Nate Reuvers, who checked into the game with 14:31 remaining in the first half. By burning that redshirt, one has to think Badgers coach Greg Gard is committed to playing him substantial minutes. Reuvers missed 3 shots in 3 minutes but also secured 2 rebounds and earned a defensive stop inside.
Milwaukee 8, Wisconsin 7 (15:22, 1st): Freshman guard Brad Davison provides some nice early scoring punch for Wisconsin with 5 points. He buried a 3 near the top of the key and converted on a drive to the basket. Milwaukee big man Brett Prahl has been a load inside and has 6 of his team’s 8 points.
7:40 p.m.: Wisconsin is going with the same starting lineup it used during its Tuesday game against UCLA: D’Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, Khalil Iverson, Aleem Ford and Ethan Happ. Davison took the place of Brevin Pritzl, while Ford started for Andy Van Vliet.
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) November 25, 2017
6:50 p.m.: Big news before the game, as Wisconsin announces freshman center Nate Reuvers will dress tonight and is expected to make his college debut. Reuvers mulled a redshirt season and did not play the Badgers’ first five regular season games. But outside of Ethan Happ, Wisconsin’s frontcourt play has been inconsistent. Reuvers’ addition likely will move Charlie Thomas or Alex Illikainen out of the rotation. It will be interesting to see what Reuvers has to offer.
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) November 25, 2017
Wisconsin-UW-Milwaukee basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and UW-Milwaukee play at 8 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 24
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Date: Friday, Nov. 24
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
How can I watch the Wisconsin-UW-Milwaukee basketball game on TV?
Wisconsin and UW-Milwaukee will play on BTN.
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Wisconsin-UW-Milwaukee basketball preview
Wisconsin has lost three consecutive games, all against ranked opponents that executed better than the Badgers down the stretch. That’s the sign of a young Wisconsin team, and coach Greg Gard is still trying to figure out how best to use his players.
Gard tried a new starting lineup during Wisconsin’s 72-70 loss Tuesday against UCLA in the third-place game of the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Freshman Brad Davison took Brevin Pritzl’s place as the starting shooting guard, while redshirt freshman Aleem Ford started in place of Andy Van Vliet at forward. It marked the first time Wisconsin started two freshman players since the 1997-98 season.
Davison has been tremendous and continued to excel as a starter. He scored 14 points in 35 minutes and took four charges. Pritzl played only 10 minutes and didn’t score a point. Ford was not effective as a starter and was held scoreless in 19 minutes, but he can provide athleticism and a willingness to play defense. Van Vliet, who scored a career-high 18 points in the season opener against South Carolina State, didn’t score against UCLA and played only 2 minutes.
Badgers forward Ethan Happ has been as good as advertised early in his junior season. He leads Wisconsin in scoring (19 points), rebounding (9.6), assists (4.0) and blocks per game (1.2). Happ scored a game-high 19 points against UCLA and added 9 rebounds with 5 assists. Point guard D’Mitrik Trice tallied 14 points, as did guard/forward Khalil Iverson.
Freshman guard Kobe King performed well off the bench against UCLA and scored 9 points. King had not hunted for his shot as much early this season, but he showed potential during Wisconsin’s two exhibition games, when he led the Badgers in scoring.
Wisconsin has been hurt this season by an inability to close out games. Wisconsin and Xavier were tied 66-66 with less than two minutes remaining before Xavier escaped with an 80-70 victory. The Badgers trimmed a 19-point deficit down to 57-55 against Baylor with 2:15 remaining. However, Baylor emerged with a 70-65 victory. And against UCLA on Tuesday, Wisconsin led by 6 points with 3:29 remaining but couldn’t pull out a win.
Wisconsin’s inconsistency in making 3-point shots also has been an issue. Wisconsin connected on only 5 of 22 long-range attempts against UCLA. This season, Wisconsin is shooting 36 of 112 on 3-pointers (32.1 percent).