Wisconsin basketball plays against Western Kentucky on Wednesday, December 13. The game starts at 7 p.m. CT. Stay here for score, stats and box score from the game below.
Wisconsin-Western Kentucky basketball score: Recap
Wisconsin 81, Western Kentucky 80 (Final): Wisconsin guard Brad Davison draws a foul as the Badgers try to inbound the ball with 2.0 seconds remaining in a tie game. Davison buries a free throw to help Wisconsin seal a victory. What a tremendous win for Wisconsin and a wild finish. The Badgers improve to 5-8.
Wisconsin 75, Western Kentucky 71 (2:39, 2nd): Brad Davison hits a jumper and Ethan Happ scores on a reverse layup to break a 71-71 tie. Wisconsin has been involved in several close games already this season but hasn’t been able to close out most of them. Let’s see if the Badgers and finish this one off and snap a two-game losing skid.
Wisconsin 67, Western Kentucky 60 (7:23, 2nd): Aleem Ford and Brevin Pritzl have combined to hit 8 of 10 3-pointers. That’s a big deal for the Badgers, who have struggled from long range this season. This game could serve as a springboard for both players. Both players have 14 points. Ethan Happ has 13 points and 6 assists.
Wisconsin 61, Western Kentucky 51 (11:36, 2nd): Wisconsin is in the midst of a 9-0 run and has finally earned some breathing room. Khalil Iverson has scored 5 points after being held scoreless in the first half. And the Badgers already are up to four different players in double figures in scoring: Aleem Ford (14 points), Brevin Pritzl (14 points), Ethan Happ (12 points) and Brad Davison (10 points). Very nice response from the Badgers when things looked bleak.
Wisconsin 49, Western Kentucky 49 (15:38, 2nd): The Badgers drilled 3 3-pointers to briefly take the lead. Wisconsin has made 10 of 17 3-pointers, which is an encouraging sign. But Western Kentucky has dominated the paint, out-scoring Wisconsin 30-16 inside. This is a game that could go down to the wire.
Western Kentucky 38, Wisconsin 34 (Halftime): Badgers guard Brevin Pritzl buries a 3-pointer as time expires on the first half. Wow, that was not pretty for Wisconsin. The Hilltoppers shot 58.6 percent from the field (17 of 29). Wisconsin’s Aleem Ford had 9 points, and Pritzl has 8.
Western Kentucky 32, Wisconsin 29 (3:48, 1st): The Hilltoppers have clawed all the way back, as the Badgers have gone cold from the field. Greg Gard continues to rotate subs into the game to find the right combination, but these are new experiences for so many players on the roster. It’s gut-check time in Madison for Wisconsin to avoid a 4-8 start to the season.
Wisconsin 26, Western Kentucky 17 (7:53, 1st): Wisconsin is 6 of 9 from long range, which has allowed the Badgers to pull ahead. Badgers guard Walt McGrory just checked into the game for the first time, which means the coaching staff is burning his redshirt. He’s the second player to have his redshirt pulled during the season, joining forward Nate Reuvers. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Wisconsin 19, Western Kentucky 13 (11:14, 1st): Aleem Ford hits another 3-pointer, and he’s up to 9 points. Greg Gard is using some interesting lineup combinations. Andy Van Vliet lasted only about 1 1/2 minutes before being pulled. He committed a turnover, missed a shot and was called for a foul. Of Wisconsin’s 19 points, 15 have been via the 3-pointer.
Wisconsin 13, Western Kentucky 9 (14:35, 1st): Wisconsin started hot, drilling its first 3 3-point attempts. That’s big news for a Badgers team that entered the game having made only 33.0 percent from long range. Brad Davison made the first 3, and Aleem Ford buried the next 2 attempts. Badgers coach Greg Gard is going to his bench and bringing in Andy Van Vliet and T.J. Schlundt. Lots of new combinations to try without D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King.
Wisconsin-Western Kentucky basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and Western Kentucky play at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, December 13
- Time: 7 p.m. CT
- Date: Wednesday, December 13
- Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
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Wisconsin-Western Kentucky basketball preview
Wisconsin’s early-season struggles continued during an 82-63 loss at home against Marquette on Saturday.
Wisconsin did not have the services of point guard D’Mitrik Trice or guard Kobe King. Trice underwent foot surgery Monday and will begin rehab in 2-3 weeks. School officials then announced that King would require season-ending left knee surgery.
These are huge blows for the Badgers. Trice was averaging more minutes per game (31.5) than any other player on the team. He ranked third on the team in scoring (9.4 points) and second with 23 assists. King’s minutes had increased significantly, and he played a season-high 34 minutes in the Big Ten opener against Ohio State. Without them, Wisconsin’s backcourt rotation is in trouble.
Brad Davison slid over from off guard and took over the starting point guard role for Trice, while Brevin Pritzl entered the starting lineup again. Davison played 38 minutes Saturday — including all 20 in the first half — because the Badgers are so limited if he isn’t on the floor. Walk-on T.J. Schlundt was the backup point guard, and the Badgers dressed freshman Walt McGrory in case of an emergency. McGrory is taking a redshirt season.
Badgers coach Greg Gard said he learned of Trice’s injury status Friday morning, but didn’t find out about King until 9 p.m. King was supposed to be the backup point guard Saturday, and Wisconsin had no time to practice for an alternative.
“To have to adjust and to have different people out there without any repetition puts a little more stress on it,” Gard said. “But it is what it is, it’s part of the game and we’ve got to continue to improve and regroup.”
Gard said he believed Wisconsin felt the absence of Trice and King mostly on the defensive end because of their ability to defend the perimeter. Marquette buried 14 of 22 3-pointers (63.6 percent).
Wisconsin is 4-7 and staring at the real possibility of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. Without Trice and King, things could get worse for the Badgers before they get better.
Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ continues to lead the team in scoring (16.3 points) and rebounding (8.6). He and Davison have been the most consistent players this season, but have not found a lot of help. Davison scored a career-high 20 points against Marquette, and Pritzl added 10 points.
Western Kentucky is coming off an 89-84 loss to Ohio. The Hilltoppers have demonstrated incredibly balanced scoring, with six different players averaging double figures in scoring. Darius Thompson leads Western Kentucky at 13.8 points per game. Justin Johnson is averaging 11.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Western Kentucky is 6-3 and has a victory this season against Big Ten power Purdue. Western Kentucky defeated Purdue 77-73 on Nov. 23.