The Wisconsin basketball team didn’t take home too many honors after the regular season, but they do have one representative. Senior guard D’Mitrik Trice was a consensus pick for the All-Big Ten Third Team, as voted by the media and the Big Ten coaches.
It was announced by the Big Ten Network’s Twitter page.
Trice was often a player that the Wisconsin basketball team depended on, especially for scoring. All too often, the Badgers would go on a scoring drought and couldn’t buy a bucket. Trice would have to make things happen, whether he generated offense off the dribble, or created open shots for other players off of pick and rolls or pick and pops with the big guys.
On the season, Trice led the Wisconsin basketball team in scoring (13.7 points per game), assists (3.9 per game), and minutes per game (33.0 per game).
There are two games where Trice really went off that stick out most to me.
First, when the Wisconsin basketball team traveled to East Lansing to take on the Michigan St. Spartans. At the time, the Badgers were ranked 9th and the Spartans were 12th. It was back and forth for the first half of the game. The Badgers got down by nine with 16 minutes left in the second half, but Trice wouldn’t let the Badgers lose.
He ended the game with a season-high 29 points on 7/14 shooting and adding 11/15 from the free-throw line. The Badgers went on to defeat the Spartans, 85-76. At the time, that was a huge win which pushed their record to 8-1 and gave Wisconsin basketball fans a lot of hope heading into the rest of the Big Ten season.
The next is more recent. The Badgers were down 13 points from Illinois at home with less than three minutes left to play. Trice almost single-handedly brought the Badgers back. He scored 19 points in the final 2:12, bringing the Badgers back to within one point.
Unfortunately, it was just a little too late. The Badgers eventually lost by five after Illinois hit some clutch free throws.
Trice ended the game with 29 points, hitting 6/9 from three-point range.
Trice was the go-to guy on this Wisconsin basketball team. Whenever they needed a big shot, Trice was one of the first options. After his long and successful Badger career, he deserves to be honored with this recognition.