A third conference win might've been pushing the envelope.
As expected, the Northwestern men’s basketball team (7-22, B1G 2-17) lost to No. 24 Wisconsin (20-10, B1G 13-6) on Wednesday night, 63-48. The Wildcats, who now rank dead last in the Big Ten unless Nebraska keeps losing, had a rough performance.
The ’Cats struggled to land their shots, even when they were wide open. They made one shot out of 10 attempts while managing to have five turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Badgers quickly took advantage of their poor offensive performance and led by 17 points (28-11) with eight minutes left in the first half, before Northwestern picked themselves up and bounced back to end the quarter just six points behind.
The Wildcats’ only standout player was sophomore Pete Nance, who scored 14 points the entire game, followed by redshirt first-year Ryan Young who made nine points even though he had multiple wide-open opportunities. Northwestern made none of their three point shots in the second half after attempting eight, but the ’Cats were only slightly worse than the Badgers in field goal shooting (7-for-27, compared to the Badgers’ 9-for-28).
Nance carried the team this time while their overall leading scorer Miller Kopp, who spent the most time on the court, made only one shot. Northwestern needs to revamp the team’s offense for their senior game on Saturday if the ’Cats hope to finish strong.