Hot shooting on one side coupled with a colder-than-cold performance from the Badgers (17-4, 4-4) led to another Big Ten loss for Wisconsin, Wednesday.
Northwestern (11-11, 4-5) upset Wisconsin, 65-56, on a night where Bo Ryan said it seemed the basket looked pretty small for his shooters.
“Once you start missing those, sometimes that basket gets pretty small,” Ryan said. “And it obviously got pretty small. We did not have a guy shoot over 50 percent. I don’t know if that’s ever happened. We’ve had some shooting nights like everybody else in the past where a few guys are really struggling, but for everybody to struggle.”
Wisconsin held a lead for the majority of the first half, and into the second. An 8-0 run midway through the second half though put Northwestern out in front, and Wisconsin struggled keeping pace with the 48% clip the Wildcats shot at.
Wisconsin finished the night shooting a skiddish 26 percent from the field. That went along with a season-low 5-of-24 from behind the three point line.
Drew Crawford went off for 30, supporting a Wildcats offense that at times looked like it couldn’t miss.
“To hold this Wisconsin team to 26 percent shooting and to out-rebound them by six, our two stats that mean a lot to us because those are things we look at each game,” Northwestern coach, Chris Collins, said. “Just really proud of all the guys. I could go down the line and talk about every kid and everyone contributed. But mostly Drew (Crawford), because Drew, as a fifth-year senior, as our leader, as our captain, he just put us on his back in the second half. To get 30 points and eight rebounds and step up and make big free throws at the end when they were making a run on us, he was a man tonight. I’m just so very proud of the player he is becoming as well.”
The loss drops Wisconsin three games behind conference leading Michigan (7-0) who’ll they’ll meet one more time yet this season.
Led by Ben Brust’s 21 points, Wisconsin had only one other scorer in double figures – Sam Dekker added 11.
Wisconsin will have a couple days off before hosting Ohio State this Saturday at the Kohl Center.
The Buckeyes were also upset at home, Wednesday, falling to Penn State in overtime, 71-70.