The Wisconsin Badgers improved to 10-2 on Friday night. The 15th-ranked Badgers beat Western Michigan 76-66 in their first action since December 15th. The victory kept the Badgers in second place in the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin only trails Purdue (13-0) in the Big Ten Standings. The Badgers’ win was certainly a team effort, but one forward stood out as he had a career night. Steven Crowl left his mark on the hardwood Friday night.
Steven Crowl Has Career Night As Badgers Down Western Michigan
Steven Crowl had a career-high 25 points against Western Michigan. 20 of those points came in the second half. He also recorded eight rebounds. Chucky Hepburn finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Tyler Wahl added 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks. The win powered the 15th-ranked Badgers (10-2, 2-0 Big Ten) to extend their winning streak to five games. This matches their record through 12 games last season as well. Western Michigan’s Head Coach Dwayne Stephens had a lot to say about Wisconsin after the game:
”The Badgers have another team that’s going to be able to compete at a high level in the Big Ten, they don’t beat themselves. They play under control. They play the right way. Today was no different.”
Stephens faced off with Wisconsin numerous times as an assistant on Tom Izzo’s Michigan State staff. The Wisconsin Badgers next action will be hosting the Minnesota Gophers on Tuesday, January 3rd. Tip off is set for 8:00 PM. The Gophers are 6-6 (0-2 in the Big Ten) so far this year.
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