The No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers misplaced their fourth consecutive recreation in a 78-56 loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in arguably their ugliest lack of the 12 months on Saturday (sure, I stated the identical on Wednesday).
With the loss, the Badgers drop to 16-8 on the season and 8-5 in convention play, whereas Rutgers provides one other recreation to their profitable streak, shifting to 3 straight now.
Offensively, Wisconsin shot 33 p.c from the sector and struggled as soon as once more from deep, hitting simply 5/21 of their threes.
Defensively, the Badgers struggled early, permitting factors off turnovers and in transition, resulting in Rutgers capturing 45 p.c from the sector and 59 p.c from three.
Listed below are three fast takeaways from the Badgers’ 78-56 loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
It looks like I’m simply repeating the primary takeaways, however that’s Wisconsin’s major difficulty: their issues are recurring.
The Badgers received off to a sluggish begin, turning the ball over 4 occasions within the first three minutes, resulting in a 9-0 begin for Rutgers.
It simply appeared like they weren’t able to play; Wisconsin struggled in opposition to the press, whereas permitting a workforce that entered the sport capturing 38 p.c from the sector to have an environment friendly offensive assault.
Wisconsin turned it over on 29.7 p.c of their first-half possessions, which is uncharacteristic of them, however a sample evolving as of late.
Rutgers in the end took a 37-28 lead going into halftime, with 24 factors coming within the paint and 12 off turnovers.
Then, within the second half, Wisconsin received off to a sluggish begin once more, because the Scarlet Knights shortly jumped out to a 45-30 lead.
From there, Wisconsin by no means minimize the result in single digits, in the end dropping 78-56.
As soon as once more, the Badgers appeared to shoot the three ball at excessive quantity and didn’t shoot effectively.
Wisconsin took 21 threes on the day, hitting simply 5 of them, of which three got here from Connor Essegian.
As soon as once more, the Badgers didn’t look to assault the paint sufficient, taking 36 p.c of their photographs from behind the arc, and it was an ineffective assault.
The starters had been particularly unhealthy, because the beginning 5 shot 1/12 from deep in an unpleasant capturing recreation for the workforce.
Wisconsin must proceed attacking extra, and it begins with Chucky Hepburn within the pick-and-roll, because the Badgers guard frankly doesn’t look to attain when coming off the display screen.
Defenses have picked up on the pattern, as they’ve primarily appeared to restrict his playmaking capability now.
Moreover, Wisconsin has gone away from using its inside assault as a focus of the offense.
Steven Crowl and Tyler Wahl each had been huge elements within the rebounding division, however didn’t get many seems to be designed for them offensively, resulting in extra of a perimeter-centric focus.
The Badgers have to determine issues out before later, in any other case; their fall isn’t going to cease right here.
Simply two weeks in the past, Wisconsin jumped all the best way to No. 6 within the AP Polls, having received 15 of their final 17 video games forward of a significant week in opposition to Nebraska and Purdue.
Now, they’re on the verge of dropping out of the AP Ballot, having misplaced their final 4 video games, together with ones to Michigan, who was the worst workforce within the Large Ten on the time, and Rutgers, who’re the third-worst workforce within the convention.
Wisconsin’s main difficulty is that the considerations are repetitive, regardless of the workforce speaking about needing to repair these issues.
The actions aren’t being completed, and Wisconsin received’t enhance till that issue adjustments.
They’ve now fallen to 8-5 within the convention, which is a full recreation again of Illinois, who stands at 8-3 in Large Ten play.
Moreover, Northwestern is true on their tails, standing at 7-5 in Large Ten play, even after dropping two of their final three video games.
The Badgers return residence for a recreation in opposition to Ohio State earlier than dealing with Iowa on the street subsequent weekend.
They’ll have to type issues out before later in the event that they need to get their season again on observe and stay within the AP Prime 25.