At least seven teams appear capable of making a push for the Big Ten title in the second half of an unpredictable schedule, made even more uncertain as COVID-19 cases cause postponements and highlight health concerns.
UW coach Greg Gard called it a “rock fight,” but that’s exactly what was required for the ninth-ranked Badgers to win at the RAC for the first time since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten in 2014.
Markus Ilver, a 6-foot-8 forward from Estonia, orally committed to the Badgers on Wednesday. Ilver, who plays at Western Reserve Academy in Ohio, also had scholarship offers from Nebraska, Utah, VCU and Xavier and had received interest from Virginia, Washington and others.
Senior point guard D’Mitrik Trice continued his steady play and finished with a game-high 20 points at Michigan, while Potter added 12. But UW got a combined 32 points on 8-of-41 shooting from the rest of the team.
“I don’t sit there with an algebraic equation and plug things in and it gives me an answer,” UW coach Greg Gard said. “I ask the assistants what they’re seeing and then kind of go with what my gut is eventually at the end of it.”
Senior point guard D'Mitrik Trice is 22 of 40 (55.0%) on 2-point shots over the past six games, in part because he’s been able to get to the rim more often and has been more efficient once he’s gotten to those high-percentage areas.