Badgered and Bruised

Facing a huge opportunity to boost their résumé, Northwestern was throttled by #18 Wisconsin, 78-46.

Northwestern (13-6, 3-5) took a huge step back from their recent winning ways, with a 32-point loss at the hands of the Badgers.

Wisconsin finished with five scorers in double-figures, led by Jon Leuer's 19 points, and freshman guard Josh Gasser's triple-double of 10 pts., 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. This was the first triple-double in Wisconsin basketball history.

The Wildcats were led offensively by John Shurna and Luka Mirkovic's 13 points. However, the rest of the team finished with just 20 total points. Northwestern finished the game with a 41.5% field goal percentage, as opposed to the Badgers' 41.5% field goal percentage

Early in the first half, the Wildcats and Badgers each traded punches, with a 17-16 score. But Wisconsin went on a surge, closing out the half on a 28-10 run, giving them a 45-26 lead at halftime.

Wisconsin opened up the flood gates in the second half. Already holding a 19-point lead, the Badgers started the second half on a 24-4 run, quickly ending any hopes that the Wildcats could get back into the game.

The schedule doesn't get any easier after this blowout defeat. Northwestern takes on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Wednesday. After that, the Wildcats host the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes, and then a week later, the Illinois Fighting Illini.

After this demoralizing defeat, the Wildcats need to get on a hot streak if they hope to earn their first NCAA tournament bid in program history.

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