The Wisconsin basketball team faced their toughest test early in the season against #9 Tennessee on Friday and made it quite the game.
Wisconsin hosted the Volunteers last Friday and lost 80-70 is a rather close game. Tennessee played their best basketball and star point guard Dalton Knecht led the team with 24 points against the Badgers. Wisconsin basketball can certainly take away many lessons from their game against the Volunteers.
Wisconsin Basketball Struggles From Deep Against Talented Volunteers Squad
The Wisconsin Badgers basketball team hosted the Tennessee Volunteers last Friday to open the season in competitive fashion. The ninth-ranked team in the country visited Madison after blowing out Tennessee Tech, 80-42, in their season opener. Tennessee shot 40% from three-point range and made all ten of their free throw attempts against the Golden Eagles.
The Volunteers struggled from deep, shooting 29.4% against the Badgers, but made up for their misses with multiple and-one conversions. The Wisconsin basketball team also struggled from deep as they shot 25%, making only six three point shots. Wisconsin struggled at the free throw line as well, shooting 60.9% and missing clutch free throws late in the game.
Wisconsin struggled off the bench in particular as they failed to score double-digit points among six players. The Badgers mustered together eight points off the bench on three-of-nine shooting.
Sophomore Connor Essegian provided some life off of the bench, but suffered two costly turnovers against the Volunteers. In the starting lineup, transfer guard AJ Storr had a rough night shooting as he went seven of 20 from the floor.
Wisconsin Badgers Basketball Must Improve from Range, Charity Stripe Against Providence
While Wisconsin basketball may have had a rough night shooting against the Volunteers, they have a chance to fix their mistakes against the Providence Friars. Wisconsin will travel to Providence to take on the Friars for the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Friars are currently 2-0 after defeating Columbia and Milwaukee to open their season.
Providence finished 21-12 a season ago and lost to the Kentucky Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Friars have brought back two of their top three scorers from last year and hope to reach March once again this season. For the Wisconsin basketball team, Providence is another major test for the Badgers as they aim to take their play to the next level.
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