Wisconsin basketball plays against Xavier on Thursday, Nov. 16. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT. Stay here for score, stats and box score from the game below.
Wisconsin-Xavier basketball score: Recap
Xavier 80, Wisconsin 70 (FINAL): Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett came up absolutely huge down the stretch to help the Musketeers pull out a victory. He drilled a 3-pointer near the top of the key off a screen to break a tie and give Xavier a 69-66 lead. On the next possession, he swished a 3-pointer from the left wing, and that was all the cushion Xavier needed. This game was a great learning experience for Wisconsin about what is required to close out a team of Xavier’s caliber.
Wisconsin 66, Xavier 66 (2:25, 2nd): What a great back-and-forth battle here at the Kohl Center. Badgers point guard D’Mitrk Trice buries a jumper, and Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett comes back and makes a pair of free throws. This game could come down to which team has the final possession.
Wisconsin 64, Xavier 64 (3:47, 2nd): Ethan Happ kicks out to Aleem Ford, who buries a 3-pointer to tie up this game. The atmosphere inside the Kohl Center is crazy, and it feels more like a Big Ten game in February. Happ has taken over this game with 19 points and 7 assists.
Xavier 60, Wisconsin 54 (7:32, 2nd): Wisconsin continues to hang around, the Badgers are going to need an extra gear to pull in front. Ethan Happ has 15 points and 6 assists, and Brevin Pritzl has buried 3 3-pointers tonight on his way to 13 points. Ultimately, however, the Badgers will have to come up with a few defensive stops.
Xavier 51, Wisconsin 45 (11:22, 2nd): Xavier’s J.P. Macura has scored a game-high 18 points, and the Musketeers’ offensive firepower is evident even without a strong game from leading scorer Trevon Bluiett. Ethan Happ (14 points) and Brad Davison (11 points) are the only Wisconsin players in double figures. The Badgers need to have a great few minutes here to stay in this game.
Wisconsin 41, Xavier 40 (16:00, 2nd): The Badgers have taken the lead, and Xavier is on upset alert. Ethan Happ is up to 13 points and 4 rebounds. This performance is even more impressive considering that Andy Van Vliet, the team’s second-leading scorer, hasn’t scored a point yet.
Xavier 34, Wisconsin 34 (Halftime): The Badgers close the half on a 9-0 run with Ethan Happ and Khalil Iverson sitting on the bench. Brad Davison had a tremendous half for the Badgers, scoring 11 points and adding 4 steals. He can do it all, and it’s difficult to keep him off the floor. Point guard D’Mitrik Trice made only 1 of 7 field goal attempts, but he has 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Xavier 32, Wisconsin 25 (3:40, 1st): Brad Davison has provided some nice offensive punch off the bench and has 7 points. But this Xavier team is darn good. Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett came in averaging 25.5 points per game and has been held to 2 points so far. However, the Musketeeers have multiple scorers capable of filling the void.
Xavier 24, Wisconsin 19 (7:00, 1st): Ethan Happ is proving once again that he can do a little bit of everything. He leads the Badgers with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. He also has a block and a steal. Brevin Pritzl has added 7 points, but nobody else has scored more than 2 points for Wisconsin. Still, the Badgers are hanging tough early.
Xavier 14, Wisconsin 13 (11:45, 1st): Excellent second four minutes for Wisconsin, which played better defense to get back in the game. Ethan Happ had a fantastic dish down the lane to Khalil Iverson for a dunk. The Kohl Center is rocking like it’s a Big Ten game in February.
Xavier 12, Wisconsin 7 (15:20, 1st): Xavier made 6 of its first 7 field goals, primarily because Wisconsin’s defense has been awful. The Musketeers have easily beaten defenders for layups. This is the first real test of the season for the Badgers, and it’s showing early. Brevin Pritzl has 5 points for Wisconsin, and Ethan Happ made a short baseline turnaround.
Wisconsin-Xavier basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and Xavier play at 7:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 16.
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Date: Thursday, Nov. 16
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
How can I watch the Wisconsin-Xavier basketball game on TV?
Wisconsin and Xavier will play on FS1.
How can I listen to the Wisconsin-Xavier basketball game on the radio?
The Wisconsin-Xavier game is available online at WIBA/iHeart radio.
Wisconsin-Xavier basketball preview
Wisconsin has been dominant in two easy victories this season against South Carolina State and Yale. Wisconsin defeated South Carolina State 85-50 in the opener and handled Yale 89-61 on Sunday. But the challenge grows substantially on Thursday, when No. 15 Xavier comes to town.
Xavier has scored 101 points in each of its first two games. Xavier most recently defeated Rider 101-75 on Monday night.
Four different Xavier players are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Trevon Bluiett’s 25.5 points per game. Bluiett has 51 points in 50 minutes played. J.P. Macura is averaging 16.0 points, Tyrique Jones 15.0 points and Kaiser Gates 13.0 points. The Musketeers have connected on 60.9 percent of their field goal attempts, as well as 42.3 percent of their 3-point tries.
Wisconsin also has four different players averaging double figures in scoring. Badgers forward Ethan Happ has recorded a double-double in each of his first two games. He is averaging 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds. Forward Andy Van Vliet has made the biggest strides since last season, when he played a total of 48 minutes in 14 games and scored 18 points. Van Vliet tallied 18 points in Wisconsin’s season opener against South Carolina State. He is averaging 15.5 points per game and 5.5 rebounds.
Point guard D’Mitrik Trice is averaging 13.5 points, while guard Brevin Pritzl is at 11.5 points per game. Guard Khalil Iverson responded nicely after a tough opener in which he didn’t score and committed 4 turnovers. Against Yale, he scored a career-high 17 points and made 8 of 9 shots from the field.
Wisconsin’s guard play off the bench has been solid from two freshmen. Kobe King and Brad Davison each are averaging 6.5 points per game. Badgers coach Greg Gard appears ready to use a nine-man rotation, which will feature Aleem Ford and Charlie Thomas as frontcourt players off the bench. Aaron Moesch and Alex Illikainen also can contribute a few minutes as well.
Wisconsin has finished in the top four of the Big Ten regular season in each of the last 16 seasons. But many pundits believe that streak could come to an end this season. In a preseason vote of 28 media members who cover the conference, the Badgers were picked to finish seventh.
Wisconsin’s team dynamic will change in 2017-18 now that Bronson Koenig, Nigel Hayes, Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown are gone. Those four stalwarts combined to play an astounding 547 college games with 349 starts. They accounted for 55.9 percent of the minutes played last season, 59.7 percent of the points, 41.5 percent of the rebounds and 54.6 percent of the assists. Hayes finished third in school history in scoring (1,857 points), and Koenig set the program’s career 3-point record (270).
Wisconsin’s only returning starter is Happ, who averaged 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds last season and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. Happ flourished as a redshirt sophomore, but he also had enough talent around him to take pressure of him needing to be the best player on the floor every game. Early this season, Wisconsin has shown it has the offensive weapons necessary to help out Happ, who has faced double-teams when he touches the ball deep in the post.
“I’m a big fan of the way we’ve been playing,” Happ said after the Yale game. “Just because going into the season there was a lot of people saying, ‘Who was going to step up this year?’ I’m just very happy to say that it’s a lot of different guys.”