Once is an anomaly, twice is a pattern, but three straight losses with zero defense being played…yep, it's time to officially be worried. Wisconsin couldn't stop anything the Gophers wanted to do and Minnesota won, 81-68. The loss drops Wisconsin to 16-3 (3-3 B1G) on the year.
Just how bad was it at The Barn? Well, Maurice Walker, the man of 4.9 ppg coming in to the night, had a career-high 18 points. Five of his nine rebounds on the night came on the offensive end as well, and with an effort like that you can see why Minnesota won this one going away.
Oh and to top it all off, Minnesota trailed for exactly ZERO seconds of this game, leading wire-to-wire. The Gophers shot 58.9 percent form the field on the night, including getting hot in the second half from beyond the arc. Minnesota finished the game 4-of-7 from deep too.
Walker wasn't the only one to shine on the night, as point guard DeAndre Mathieu added 18 points of his own
About the only bright spot on the night was the play of Sam Dekker on both ends of the floor, as he lead all scorers with 20 points and managed to grab six rebounds. He made 7-of-8 free throws on the night.
Too bad that's not much conciliation for Wisconsin, and then to add insult to injury Nigel Hayes will make his first appearance on SportsCenter Top 10 for the wrong reason:
(sorry Badger fans, this play was just too good to deny)
It has been two years since the Badgers lost three-straight in Big Ten play, and UW will face the foe it hates traveling to the most—Purdue—in an effort to stave off a four game losing streak. Tip is scheduled for 4pm CT on Sunday, Jan. 25 on BTN.
Normally we'd hand out individual grades, but after the effort tonight, sorry, this team gets a big, FAT:
That is all folks. Look for more reaction and reflection tomorrow in Beyond the Boxscore.