Wisconsin basketball plays at Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 4. The game starts at noon CT. Wisconsin lost at home against Northwestern on Thursday to drop to 10-14 this season, including 3-8 in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin-Maryland basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and Maryland play at noon CT on Sunday, Feb. 4.
Time: Noon CT
Date: Sunday, Feb. 4
Location: Xfinity Center in College Park, Md.
How can I watch the Wisconsin-Maryland basketball game on TV?
Wisconsin and Maryland will play on CBS.
How can I listen to the Wisconsin-Maryland basketball game on the radio?
The Wisconsin-Maryland game is available online at WIBA/iHeart Radio.
Wisconsin-Maryland basketball preview
Wisconsin is coming off a 60-52 loss at home against Northwestern on Thursday night in which the Badgers were outscored 18-1 to open the game and never fully recovered.
Northwestern forward Gavin Skelly buried a 3-pointer just 16 seconds into the game to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead. Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ committed a turnover, which led to a layup by Scottie Lindsey. Happ committed another turnover, Brevin Pritzl missed a 3-pointer, Aleem Ford and Alex Illikainen each gave the ball away, and then Brad Davison and T.J. Schlundt missed 3-pointers.
Add up that awful opening, and Wisconsin found itself trailing 18-1 on Lindsey’s layup with 14:29 remaining in the first half. Given Wisconsin’s offensive inconsistency, it was almost an insurmountable hurdle. The Badgers cut the deficit to 6 points on four occasions late in the second half but couldn’t get over the hump.
“We’ve got to play a full 40 minutes,” Happ said. “Shots might not go in, but we’ve got to be there mentally and on the defensive end every game.”
It didn’t help matters that only four Badgers players scored in the entire game. Khalil Iverson tallied a team-high 15 points, Happ scored 14, Ford 12 off the bench and Davison 11. But Pritzl, Nate Reuvers, Schlundt and Illikainen combined to shoot 0 for 17 from the field in 65 minutes. Pritzl misfired on all 11 of his shots, including 9 3-pointers.
“Obviously not happy with the outcome,” Badgers coach Greg Gard said. “But as I told the team, you don’t dig yourself an 18-1 hole, it’s a lot easier to come back and make a run. And I knew we were going to have to make shots.
“We were going to have to knock in some 3s with how they compress the paint and what they do in the zone and matching up, you’re going to have some looks. You’re going to have to knock them down. We weren’t able to obviously do enough of that and didn’t have a good enough start in the first four minutes.”
The Big Ten Tournament began in 1998, which coincided with the last time Wisconsin missed the NCAA Tournament. That Badgers team entered the conference tournament as a No. 10 seed. Over the next 19 seasons, Wisconsin was never seeded worse than No. 6.
But as the Badgers head for the home stretch and their final seven conference games, they find themselves locked in a three-way tie for 10th, alongside Iowa and Minnesota. Iowa defeated Wisconsin 85-67 in the teams’ only matchup and would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. Wisconsin will play Minnesota just once, on Feb. 19 at the Kohl Center. The four worst teams, seeded from 11-14, play on the first day of the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 28.
Wisconsin is now 10-14 overall and 3-8 in the Big Ten. The Badgers also have lost four consecutive Big Ten games and seven of their last eight.
“No one here is used to losing,” Davison said. “That’s not what Wisconsin basketball is about. It’s not what it’s going to be about. It’s definitely frustrating. I think that’s the mindset you have to have is use each game to try to improve, each practice to try to improve and try not to get discouraged.
“You’ve got to keep the faith. You’ve got to have confidence. When you lose the faith, when you get discouraged, That’s when it gets tough. We’re not going to do that. We’re going to keep working. We’re going to keep pushing, keep trying to improve. We’ve still got a lot of big opportunities in front of us in the Big Ten Tournament, so just got to keep working.”
Maryland is 15-9 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten and has lost three consecutive conference games. The Terrapins are coming off a 75-67 loss at Purdue.
Maryland has two players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Anthony Cowan’s 16.0 points per game. Kevin Huerter is averaging 14.4 points per game.