Coach Bo Ryan will be happy to hear the Badgers play Ohio State and Michigan State in single play.

Big first half for both teams as Badgers lead Gators

Sam Dekker caught fire from the outside and the Badgers defense came around late in the first half as Florida trails by three going into the final 20 minutes in Madison.

Wisconsin is shooting 44% from the field (12-27) through the first half compared to 43.5% for the Gators.

Florida has gotten a huge boost offensively from Michael Frazier (5-8, 3-4 3pt) who finished the first half with 13 points in 16 minutes.

His back-to-back three point buckets with just five minutes gone in the first half had the Badgers looking up at a nine point deficit, early.

At 12:53 to go in the half, he hit his third three pointer and stretched the lead to 16-4 before Wisconsin clamped down defensively, and Dekker caught fire.

At 11:06, Josh Gasser found Dekker who drained a three from the right wing. Traevon Jackson came back down on the next Badgers possession and found the sophomore forward again as he cut the lead to 16-10 with 10:37 to go.

Nigel Hayes got in the act for Wisconsin with two big hoops that gave the home team some momentum. After his second hoop got Wisconsin to down just six, at 22-16,  Florida’s Casey Prather got loose for two at the 7:53 mark to push the lead back out to eight. It was the final Florida FG of the half.

A dunk by Dekker and top-of-the-key three from Jackson pulled the Badgers to within three at 24-21. Dekker made another layup a few minutes later to make it 24-23 before a three-pointer from Brust gave Wisconsin the lead at 3:28 to go.

Wisconsin is 5-13 from three point range through the first 20-minutes compared to 3-9 for Florida. All three of those Gators makes are courtesy of Frazier who leads all first-half scorers. Wisconsin turned the ball over 5 times compared to 6 for Florida.

More after the game.


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