It was head basketball coach Dick Bennett who gave Wisconsin what is still their trademark.
Tonight, Bennett’s son, Tony, was the affirming case study as the No. 8 ranked UW team moved to a perfect 9-0, beating Virginia 48-38.
“I thought defensively we did some things that really limited what they do well, offensively,” Bo Ryan said, after the win. “They (Virginia) came into this game so hot that I thought maybe they could have an off night … and maybe it could be against us. I thought both teams moved well defensively and didn’t allow each other much time to get their feet set like you can in practice.”
The win for Ryan was a significant one. It pulled the Wisconsin coach into some pretty impressive company as it garnered him the 300th win of his career at Wisconsin.
Only 11 other coaches in Big Ten basketball history have accumulated enough victories to by put in company together – led by Bob Knight and Tom Izzo.
Although Wisconsin (9-0) struggled mightly at times, shooting just 28.8% from the field, it paled in comparison to the Virginia Cavaliers (23.4%) who fell victim to one of the worst shooting nights in program history.
Virginia was just 1-of-11 from behind the three point line and turned the ball over ten times. What kept them in the game for most of the second half was free throws (15-of-19).
The win for Wisconsin marked their seventh overall in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge. Wisconsin is now 7-8 all-time in the Challenge. UW’s last road win in the Challenge was a 74-72 win at Virginia Tech in 2008.
“I thought both teams moved well defensively and didn’t allow each other much time to get their feet set like you can in practice.” – Bo Ryan
Leading the way for the Badgers Josh Gasser with 11. Frank Kaminsky had another solid all-around game, chipping in with 9 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Both Ben Brust and Traevon Jackson added eight apiece.
Virginia was led by London Perrantes with 8 points.
The Badgers controlled almost every category statistically. Especially on the glass where they edged Virginia on, 40-34.
Wisconsin will come home and get two days off before starting their four-game homestand at the Kohl Center. That kicks-off Saturday when they welcome in-State rivals, Marquette.