Wisconsin basketball Greg Gard physicality blowout loss Rutgers
Wisconsin basketball struggles continue with an upset loss to Rutgers, head coach criticizes team's lack of physicality in the game.
Wisconsin basketball was on a roll, with a 16-4 overall record and an 8-1 record in Big Ten play, earning them the #6 spot in the country. However, their fortunes quickly turned when they suffered a devastating loss to Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights, a lower-ranked team in the Big Ten, completely dominated the Badgers, walking away with a 78-56 victory.
This loss marked the fourth consecutive defeat for Wisconsin, with two of those losses coming at the hands of some of the weakest teams in the Big Ten. Head coach Greg Gard expressed his disappointment in his team's lack of physicality during the game, pointing out that Rutgers fouled more than Wisconsin, demonstrating their greater aggression and assertiveness on the court.
The game revealed a stark contrast in playing styles, with Wisconsin only attempting nine free throws compared to Rutgers' 22. The Scarlet Knights' aggressive approach seemed to overwhelm the Badgers, who appeared unwilling to match their opponent's intensity.
Wisconsin's downward spiral began with a loss to Nebraska, followed by defeats at the hands of Purdue and Michigan before the crushing blow delivered by Rutgers. Their next opportunity to break their losing streak comes on Tuesday when they face off against Ohio State at home. Despite their recent struggles, Wisconsin is expected to be the heavy favorite against the Buckeyes, who currently sit at the bottom of the Big Ten standings.