Badgers Bash Green Bay in Complete Blowout Fashion
Wisconsin Badgers basketball had a great deal of excitement to their season before the year beginning. The mantra of ‘Unfinished business’ reigned supreme. Wisconsin has not faced a high major opponent yet, but through three games, Wisconsin looks the part of a team that will be in the top 10 regularly. Hell, they could be in the top five often if things continue to trend in this direction. Wisconsin-Green Bay, or Green Bay as they would like to be known, is not a good team. They were molly whopped by the Badgers to the tune of 82-42. Wisconsin did not let this team even sniff any theatrics.
Player of the Game: Tyler Wahl – Here’s a guy where it could either be two things. One, he is making the most of his opportunities during a blowout. Two, he is only playing well because they’re inferior opponents. I guess that will be something to watch as the weeks go on. Wahl finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds notching his first double-double of his Badgers’ career. If Wahl ends up being a reliable bench option in Big Ten play, Wisconsin only becomes better.
Honorable Mention: Micah Potter – In blowouts, it can be hard to find another guy that stands out. Typically, the ball is spread around and everyone is involved. Micah Potter did have a good day though. He scored 14 points in 24 minutes with five rebounds. Green Bay did not have an answer for Potter inside as he made six of seven baskets in an efficient night. In the battle of the lead dog between him and Nate Reuvers, the advantage is now 2-1 Potter.
One Thing I Liked About Wisconsin: The first half stats were off the charts again – Remember in the game against Arkansas Pine-Bluff they jumped out to a 25-0 lead. In the Eastern Illinois game, they led by 20 at the half. In this one, Wisconsin held Green Bay to 12 points while they scored 34. Wisconsin is one of the toughest teams in the country to come back on. If they’re getting out to these leads, it is going to be very hard to beat them.
Next up: Wisconsin heads east to play Marquette on Friday night. This will be a level up for Wisconsin in terms of competition, but they’ll be ready for it. The matchup to watch is the big men of both teams. Theo John and Micah Potter are going to be a ton of fun. Whoever stays out of foul trouble is probably going to have the best shot.