The Pack, playing at Wisconsin as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, was steam-rolled by the Badgers on Wednesday evening in a 87-48 loss. For a 10-minute stretch that covered parts of both halves, the Wolfpack failed to score a single point.
With the loss the Pack falls to 4-2 on the season and will have to recover quickly as it travels to Syracuse on Saturday.
The Badgers shot 51 percent for the game as the Pack submitted its worst defensive performance of the young season. Wisconsin also hit 55 percent of its 3-point attempts and hit 20-of-26 from the charity stripe.
By contrast, the Pack shot just 32 percent from the floor and hit only 4-of-13 from behind the arc. The Pack attempted just 13 free throws, were out-rebounded 40-27 and turned the ball over 13 times on the night.
Scott Wood was the only Pack player to score in double figures, getting 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Freshmen Lorenzo Brown, CJ Leslie and Ryan Harrow combined to go 5-of-28 from the floor and scored 16 points in the loss.
The Pack played with the Badgers, but Wisconsin began to pull away around the mid-way point of the half as the Pack defense floundered. The Pack left shooters wide open, fouled the Badgers late in the shot clock and gave up offensive rebounds as it quickly lost control of the game.
The wheels fell off entirely in the final 6:30 of the half, as the Pack failed to score during the stretch and Wisconsin ripped off a 15-0 run. The run put the Badgers up 44-21 going into the locker room.
The Badgers shot 50 percent in the first half, hit 13-of-16 free throws and 5-of-9 from behind the arc. The Pack shot just 30 percent in the half and only attempted three free throws. To make matters worse, Wisconsin committed only two turnovers while the Pack coughed the ball up 11 times.
Things didn't get any better to start the second half, as the Badgers built the lead up as high as 52-21 before the Pack finally scored. Wood hit a lay-up and a 3-pointer to finally break the Pack out of a 10:10 scoring slump that saw them go from trailing by eight to trailing by 31.
Even after breaking out of the scoring slump, the Pack couldn't gain any ground on the Badgers. Wisconsin continued pulling away. The Pack cut down on its turnovers in the second half and shot slightly better, but the Badgers also shot better in the second half as an exhausted-looking Pack seemed resigned to its fate.