COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Wisconsin coach Greg Gard wasn't sure whether to be mad at his players for blowing a 23-point second-half lead at Ohio State or happy they found a way to...
No. 21 Wisconsin routs Iowa 65-45
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said he had a feeling Ethan Happ would have a good game against Iowa.
He was right.
Happ did a little bit of everything to help No. 21...
Davison, Iverson lead No. 22 Wisconsin over Illinois, 64-58
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With leading scorer Ethan Happ struggling, Wisconsin coach Greg Gard benched his star down the stretch and looked for someone else to lead the Badgers past Illinois.
Brad Davison and Khalil Iverson answered the call.
Davison scored 18 points, Iverson added 16 and the No. 22 Badgers held off Illinois 64-58 on Monday night with their leading scorer on the bench for the final four minutes.
No. 19 Wisconsin holds off Minnesota 56-51; 6th win in a row
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ethan Happ and the Wisconsin Badgers brought momentum with them on this trip to Minnesota — and a bad memory, too.
That month-ago loss to the Gophers was avenged with another vintage defensive effort.
Happ had 15 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 19 Wisconsin hang on to beat Minnesota 56-51 on Wednesday, the sixth straight win for the Badgers.
"Gritty group that I've got," coach Greg Gard said.
Davison, Happ, No. 24 Wisconsin beat No. 21 Maryland 69-61
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is used to getting production out of Ethan Happ and Brad Davison.
Lately, role players such as Aleem Ford have been coming up big, too.
Davison scored 21 points and Happ added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the 24th-ranked Badgers beat No. 21 Maryland 69-61 on Friday night.
No. 24 Wisconsin wins its 4th straight, 62-51 over Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Wisconsin star Ethan Happ had trouble getting going on the offensive end in the second half.
Brad Davison was happy to help.
The sophomore guard scored 10 of his 13 points after halftime to fuel No. 24 Wisconsin's decisive surge in a 62-51 win over Nebraska on Tuesday night.
Happ, Wisconsin hand No. 2 Michigan its first loss, 64-54
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ethan Happ and the Wisconsin Badgers finally closed out a tight game. Against No. 2 Michigan, too.
Happ had 26 points and 10 rebounds as Wisconsin handed the Wolverines their first loss of the season, breaking away in the final minute for a 64-54 victory Saturday.
Fans rushed the floor after the Badgers (12-6, 4-3 Big Ten) finished off the upset. The victory came after Wisconsin dropped back-to-back games that came down to the stretch.
Happ leads No. 22 Wisconsin to 71-52 win over Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — After two straight defeats, the Wisconsin Badgers got back to what's made them successful in the past.
Ethan Happ had 22 points and eight rebounds as No. 22 Wisconsin stopped a midseason slide by routing Penn State 71-52 on Sunday. The Badgers held Penn State's talented starting guards to 22 points combined on a night when the Nittany Lions made just 20 of 53 field goal attempts and committed 16 turnovers.
Banton helps Western Kentucky beat No. 15 Wisconsin 83-76
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky rode a big performance from a freshman guard to another win over an AP Top 25 opponent.
Dalano Banton nearly had a triple-double and the Hilltoppers caught fire in the second half to beat No. 15 Wisconsin 83-76 on Saturday.
Banton had eight points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, helping Western Kentucky beat a ranked foe for the second time this season. The Hilltoppers upset then-No. 13 West Virginia in November.
Wisconsin tops Grambling 84-53 as Happ gets 1,000th rebound
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Often, Wisconsin coach Greg Gard says, Wisconsin's defense feeds off its offense. And once the Badgers started capitalizing on opportunities Saturday, the other end took care of itself.
Playing for the first time in nine days, the Badgers shook off an early challenge from Grambling State to beat the Tigers 84-53. Along the way, Ethan Happ led the Badgers (10-2) with 19 points and grabbed his 1,000th career rebound.
Happ scores 20, rallies No. 12 Badgers past Rutgers 69-64
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Greg Gard didn't need to be reminded that the No. 12 Badgers used a second-half rally for the third straight game to secure a victory.
Ethan Happ scored a game-high 20 points and D'Mitrik Trice added 14 as Wisconsin beat Rutgers 69-64 on Monday night in its Big Ten home opener.
"We've played good teams; look at the stretch we've been through," Gard said of the Badgers, who bested then-No 14 Iowa on the road and NC State heading into the Rutgers game.
Trice, No. 22 Wisconsin win at No. 14 Iowa 72-66
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The matchup between the resurgent Badgers and Hawkeyes lived up to its billing — with Wisconsin sophomore D'Mitrik Trice stepping up to hit the game's biggest basket after star Ethan Happ fouled out.
Trice scored 20 points, including a crucial 3 with 20 seconds left, and 22nd-ranked Wisconsin held off No. 14 Iowa 72-66 on Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Happ helps No. 22 Badgers withstand NC State in 79-75 win
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With every win in what has been a rugged early-season schedule, No. 22 Wisconsin is proving that last year may have been just a fluke.
The Badgers are back to their old, reliable ways - getting clutch stops and key contributions from different players.
Ethan Happ had 19 points and 11 rebounds, D'Mitrik Trice hit a long jumper with 23.6 seconds left and Wisconsin withstood North Carolina State's in-your-face defense to rally for a 79-75 win on Tuesday night.
Reserve Illikainen leaves Wisconsin, thinning frontcourt
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin reserve forward Alex Illikainen is leaving the basketball team, sapping depth for an already thin frontcourt.
The Badgers say that he will remain enrolled at the university. Coach Greg Gard thanked Illikainen for his contributions.
The rarely-used senior averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 85 career games. He still figured to be an option off the bench at times because of his experience, especially if starters Ethan Happ and Nathan Reuvers got into foul trouble.
Wisconsin’s Aleem Ford out indefinitely with knee injury
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin forward Aleem Ford is out indefinitely with a knee injury, a blow to the Badgers' frontcourt depth.
Ford will have surgery, but is expected to return later this season, the team said on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-8 Ford figured to be the first forward off the bench for coach Greg Gard's team. He averaged 5.8 points and shot a team-high 40.9 percent from 3-point range in playing all 33 games, including 20 starts.
Wisconsin preview capsule
Last season: 15-18, missed NCAA Tournament for first time in 19 years.
Coach: Greg Gard.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: Reserve forwards Aaron Moesch and Andy Van Vliet (transferred to William & Mary).
Happ, Badgers see defense as key to returning to NCAAs
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The first Wisconsin player to jog on to the court for practice was Ethan Happ, beating the next teammate by about a couple minutes.
There is no time to waste if one of the country's premier big men wants to lead the Badgers back to the NCAA Tournament.
With all five starters returning, Wisconsin is determined to start a new streak after a rare losing season kept them out of the tourney for the first time in nearly two decades.
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Wyatt Walker passes on Wisconsin, will play at North Carolina State
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program will have to keep looking if it hopes to add a transfer to bolster the frontcourt.
Wyatt Walker, a graduate transfer from Samford, announced Friday that he was headed to North Carolina State next season. The Wolfpack, Badgers and Oklahoma State were the finalists for Walker, a 6-foot-9 center.
Walker is scheduled to graduate this spring. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining and would be immediately able to play in 2018-19.
Wisconsin guard D’Mitrik Trice says injured right foot ‘back to normal’
After testing his right foot repeatedly over the past month, D’Mitrik Trice is confident the injury that sidelined him for most of the 2017-18 season is in his rear-view mirror.
“It’s felt back to normal,” Trice said.
Trice is one of three UW guards in various stages of recovery as the team wraps up spring drills and takes a break until summer workouts begin in mid-June.
Prior to the Badgers’ postseason banquet on Wednesday night, Trice said his foot is 100 percent.
Athletic Board approves contract extension for Greg Gard, other Wisconsin Badgers coaches
Four head coaches of University of Wisconsin winter sports had contract extensions approved Friday by the UW Athletic Board.
Greg Gard (men's basketball), Jonathan Tsipis (women's basketball), Tony Granato (men's hockey) and Mark Johnson (women's hockey) had the expiration dates of their five-year contracts moved back to the end of the 2022-23 season.
Three of the coaches had losing seasons with the Badgers in 2017-18.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has signed the son of former NBA guard Rod Strickland and a 7-footer from Minnesota to its latest recruiting class.
Six-foot-2 guard Tai Strickland and center Joe Hedstrom signed letters of intent on Wednesday. They will be eligible starting this fall, joining November signee Taylor Currie.
The University of Wisconsin men's basketball program has one scholarship remaining for next season and the Badgers are interested in Wyatt Walker, a graduate transfer from Samford.
Walker, a 6-foot-9 center, is scheduled to graduate this spring. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining and would be immediately able to play in 2018-19.
Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ makes it official, declares for NBA draft
Just as he said he’d do when his junior season with the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team ended last month, center Ethan Happ announced Tuesday that he will declare for the 2018 NBA draft.
But Happ will not hire an agent, leaving open his option of returning for his senior campaign with the Badgers next season.
Tom Oates: Many factors contribute to UW’s recruitment of the state’s top basketball talent
In the wake of last week’s star-studded state boys basketball tournament, I keep hearing the same question over and over:
Why can’t the University of Wisconsin recruit any high-profile players from the state?
To begin with, the question is wrong. UW coach Greg Gard signed the best player from last year’s class, Kobe King. Having said that, there clearly is a trend toward top players either leaving the state or going to Marquette.
Reserve F Andy Van Vliet transferring from Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Reserve forward Andy Van Vliet plans to transfer from Wisconsin after three years with the program.
Coach Greg Gard says the 7-foot jump-shooter was granted his release to explore a transfer on Tuesday.
Van Vliet appeared in 31 games over two seasons, averaging 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 2017-18. He had career highs of 18 points and eight rebounds in the season opener against South Carolina State.
No NCAA tournament, but a few silver linings for Badgers, Greg Gard
Typically, Greg Gard and the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team would be preparing for the Big Ten Conference tournament this week with an eye on improving UW’s NCAA tournament seeding.
This is no ordinary March for the Badgers.
Gard’s week began with the strange task of officially declaring UW’s season over, an NCAA formality that begins a seven-day window in which coaches aren’t allowed to have any on-court contact with players.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Once the stings wears away from the first season without an NCAA Tournament in two decades, the Wisconsin Badgers can focus on the future.
Message from Mike McCarthy helped inspire Wisconsin men’s basketball team down closing stretch
NEW YORK — Mike McCarthy stepped inside plenty of somber locker rooms during his 12th season as coach of the Green Bay Packers. On Feb. 11, he entered one at the Kohl Center to address players who weren’t even under his watch.
Brevin Pritzl’s 20 points help Badgers beat Gophers in OT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin made stops and hit their 3s down the stretch of a tight game.
The hard lessons from a challenging season might be finally paying off for a young team.
Brevin Pritzl scored 20 points, including two 3s in overtime, Ethan Happ led a defensive resurgence over the final 10 minutes and hit the game-tying bucket in regulation and the Badgers beat Minnesota 73-63 on Monday night.
Brad Davisons freshman season at Wisconsin playing through injury might end up becoming the stuff of legend.
Badgers fans surely will look back on his career years from now and recall that time when Davison first dislocated his left shoulder against Baylor in November, got it popped back in and returned to the game.
UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez pointed out a couple of reasons the Wisconsin men's basketball team is experiencing a tough season. He cited a difficult non-conference schedule and injuries.
I love former basketball coach Bo Ryan. But he left new coach Greg Gard with a poor going-away gift. Ryan's final recruiting efforts left this season's team with just two consistent contributors out of two classes, and that isn't enough to sustain success.
Happ scores 27, Wisconsin beats Illinois 78-69
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ethan Happ scored 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting to lead Wisconsin to a series record 13th straight win over Illinois, 78-69 Thursday at the State Farm Center.
The Illini last defeated the Badgers on Jan. 2, 2011, in Champaign.
Brevin Pritzl scored 15 and Brad Davison added 14 points for the Badgers (11-15, 4-9 Big Ten). Happ, who averages 17.4 points per game, also had six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three blocks.
Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez certain Badgers coach Greg Gard will ‘right the ship’
The worst season in 20 years for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team has put some fans on edge. Some people are even wondering about the direction of the program under coach Greg Gard.
Not Barry Alvarez. During a wide-ranging conversation in his office at Kellner Hall, the UW athletic director said Tuesday that he hasn’t lost faith in Gard despite the Badgers’ major struggles this season.
Tom Oates: Greg Gard’s young Badgers team is struggling mentally as much as physically
Three months ago, a February game between Northwestern and the University of Wisconsin would have been appointment viewing, one of those late-season Big Ten Conference matchups that figured to have significant meaning in determining each team’s postseason plans.
No. 6 Michigan St beats Wisconsin 76-61 on day AD retires
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges looked comfortable, effortlessly making jump shots toward the end of a tumultuous day at Michigan State.
Bridges scored 24 points and the sixth-ranked Spartans beat the Wisconsin Badgers 76-61 on Friday night, less than 12 hours after athletic director Mark Hollis announced his retirement amid the outcry over how the school handled allegations against Larry Nassar.
Michigan State’s potent frontcourt presents huge challenge for Badgers men’s basketball team
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State’s big men have to be licking their chops heading into a matchup with the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.
The No. 6 Spartans (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten), who host the Badgers (10-11, 3-5) tonight at the Breslin Center, feature one of the best frontcourts in the nation. That’s not the only challenge facing UW, which has lost eight of its nine games away from home this season, but it’s certainly the biggest one.
Faceoff Against Cancer event holds special meaning for Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey
The special event connected to Saturday night's game against Penn State hits close to home for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team.
The Badgers are working with four groups for a Faceoff Against Cancer event during the series finale against the Nittany Lions at the Kohl Center.
Tom Oates: Win over Illinois is step in right direction for UW men’s basketball team
Since the 2001-02 season, one of the hallmarks for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team has been its seemingly magical ability to improve steadily throughout the season.
No matter what happened during the season’s first half, good or bad, the Badgers were usually playing sound basketball by mid-January and then got better and better during the stretch run.
Badgers men’s basketball: Point guard D’Mitrik Trice returns to practice
While D’Mitrik Trice is still waiting to be cleared for game action, the sophomore point guard on the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team took a big step Wednesday in his return from a foot injury.
Trice, who has missed nine consecutive games, took part in the possessions portion of practice for the first time since undergoing surgery on Dec. 11 to repair a fracture in his right foot. He’s listed as questionable for the game against Illinois on Friday night at the Kohl Center.
Tom Oates: No reason to panic about Badgers men’s basketball team
If nothing else, we’ve learned over the years to never count out the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.
Two years ago, the Badgers were 9-9 in mid-January and struggling to get over coach Bo Ryan’s in-season retirement. However, they figured things out under coach Greg Gard and closed the regular season with an 11-2 run to reach the NCAA tournament.
Badgers men’s basketball: Turnovers spell trouble for Wisconsin this season
LINCOLN, Neb. — No matter which metric is used — turnovers per game or turnovers per possession — University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard admits his team has a problem taking care of the ball.
“We’re too high,” he said, “bottom line.”
It’s an issue that cost the Badgers in a 64-60 loss at Rutgers on Friday night and needs to be fixed if UW (9-8, 2-2 Big Ten Conference) hopes to beat Nebraska (11-6, 2-2) tonight at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Badgers men’s basketball: Ethan Happ leads short-handed Wisconsin to 71-61 victory over Indiana
At one point Tuesday night, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team used a lineup that included a redshirt freshman, a freshman walk-on and two former walk-ons.
In the first half of a Big Ten Conference game, mind you.
But the fifth member of that group just happened to be the player who set the tone from start to finish for the Badgers during their 71-61 victory over Indiana, the Hoosiers’ 16th consecutive loss at the Kohl Center.
Happ’s 28 points lead way, Wisconsin beats Indiana 71-61
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Greg Gard looked down at the stat sheet to find something to harp on about Ethan Happ.
He missed four foul shots and committed three turnovers. But those miscues got glossed over by all the good things that Happ did on Tuesday night.
Happ, Pritzel lead Wisconsin in easy win over UMass Lowell
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With nonconference play now wrapped up, Wisconsin coach Greg Gard is looking for one thing: consistency.
Saturday's win was a step in the right direction on that front as the Badgers cruised to an 82-53 win over UMass Lowell.
The win comes three days after Gard expressed frustration with a drop off on the defensive end during the second half of an 82-70 win over Chicago State.
Big Ten: Spartans shine, Badgers look to get back on track
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The last two Big Ten teams to make the Final Four are off to wildly different starts this year.
Stacked Michigan State looks like a favorite to return to the national semifinals for the first time since 2015, when Wisconsin gave the Big Ten a Final Four twosome.
Just getting above .500 before league play picks up again would be an achievement for the young Badgers after an injury-plagued start to this season.
Happ’s double-double leads Wisconsin past Chicago State
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Greg Gard says the Badgers have little margin for error with the players they're missing.
It showed Wednesday as the Badgers beat Chicago State 82-70 in a closer-than-expected contest.
The Cougars (2-14) have now lost 10 straight and nine of their losses on the season have been by an average of 38 points. But Gard said the Badgers (7-7) were too inconsistent defensively, giving Chicago State confidence.
Badgers men’s basketball: Guard Brevin Pritzl trying to find consistency on both ends of the floor
It would have been easy to glance at Brevin Pritzl’s shooting line during a win over UW-Green Bay on Saturday — he missed six of his eight attempts — and stop there.
That’s not how University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard operates. He breezed right past those numbers and focused on Pritzl’s other contributions during the Badgers’ 81-60 victory over the Phoenix.
Badgers men’s basketball: Wisconsin cruises to 81-60 victory over UW-Green Bay
One of the benefits of having more than a week between games was it allowed the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team to focus on itself rather than an upcoming opponent.
“I saw some signs of improvement,” UW coach Greg Gard said. “They did a good job of carrying that improvement over to the game.”
That was true on both ends of the floor for the Badgers during their 81-60 victory over UW-Green Bay on Saturday evening at the Kohl Center.
MADISON — When Trevor Anderson decided he wanted to leave UW-Green Bay and transfer to the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program, he was met with a lot of resistance.
From the Phoenix coaching staff that had made him a priority recruit in the 2016 class. From his parents. Even from the man whose team he wanted to join.