BuckyCap: Reuvers & King Lead Badgers To First Victory
On Friday night, emotions were running high in Maidson. Wisconsin Badgers honored their long-time coach Howard Moore who was in a horrific car accident this offseason. Moore is not coaching this season due to injuries sustained from that car accident. Moore’s son joined the Badgers in starting lineup announcements which drew the biggest cheers of the night. Wisconsin got its first victory against Eastern Illinois. A game that was never really in doubt for Wisconsin. Nate Reuvers and Kobe King provided a majority of the scoring last night to lead Wisconsin to a 65-52 victory.
Player of the Game: Nate Reuvers – The Badgers big man nearly had himself a triple-double with points-rebounds-blocks last night. He had 14 points, 14 rebounds, and nine blocks. It is one of the best big man stat lines a Badgers player has had given all the blocks. Eastern Illinois could not get a clean shot in the paint. If Reuvers can be this type of shot-blocker without getting in foul trouble, Wisconsin will cure some of their interior issues.
Honorable Mention: Kobe King – People hinted at the idea that King could have a breakout year for Wisconsin. We saw it against an inferior opponent last night. King went off for 18 points with six rebounds and three steals. King got to the line a bunch, 10 times, which is big for Wisconsin. Too many times, the Badgers did not get themselves to the free-throw line last year. King led the way with 10 free throw attempts, he made eight of them.
Next up: Wisconsin continues its non-conference season with a game against McNeese State on Wednesday night. Badgers should have no problems with McNeese and get a warm-up before the showdown against Marquette next Sunday afternoon.